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Brave‘s Kelly Macdonald Didn’t Make Princesses Her Childhood Role Models

The Boardwalk Empire star looked to Calamity Jane, not Sleeping Beauty.

Dave Swindle


June 22, 2012 - 12:00 pm

via ‘Brave’s’ Kelly Macdonald on Her Character Merida: ‘She Makes Her Own Trouble’ (Video) – The Hollywood Reporter.

Kelly Macdonald, who voices Merida, the red-headed heroine of Pixar/Disney’s Brave, isn’t very familiar with the Disney princesses of the past. But the one fictional leading lady she did look up to happens to have a lot of the qualities that Merida is bringing to the screen.

“As far as Disney princess go, I had watched Snow White, but I don’t think I’ve seen any others,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The figure I looked up to was Calamity Jane.”

Is it better for girls to aspire to be princesses or frontier women? Or can they be both? (While passing on some of Jane’s shortcomings?)

Hat tip: The Mary Sue.

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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