Five Favourite Films with Anika Noni Rose

The Princess and the Frog star shares her picks.

Anika Noni Rose

It's been a busy few years for Anika Noni Rose. After starting her career in the Broadway musical Footloose, she snagged a role as part of the starry ensemble in 2004's Dreamgirls and made the transition to the big screen. Perfect qualifications, then, for her latest role as Disney's newest princess, Tiana, in The Princess and the Frog. Beating out tough competition from Alicia Keys, Tyra Banks and her Dreamgirls co-star Jennifer Hudson, the 37 year-old actress is making headlines as Disney's first black princess, and has been touring the world to support the company's return to hand-drawn fairy-tales.

Sitting down with RT at Walt Disney Animations Studios' Burbank HQ, Rose shares her five (or six) favourite films.

East of Eden (1955, 87% Tomatometer)
East of EdenI love East of Eden, there's so much passion. I was reading about how it was made, and how it was such a new thing for James Dean to be doing. One of those scenes was really improvisational between he and his father or mother, and he has this burst of emotion that came from nowhere, that he didn't even understand. He had such virility in that movie -- I love it.

My Fair Lady (1964, 94% Tomatometer)
My Fair LadyThat's something I always wanted to do, damn that Keira Knightley! The costumes are phenomenal in that movie, the message is fantastic and there's just a grandeur and beauty in the scope. We don't even make movies with that kind of scope anymore; I don't think anybody would sit there for that long for that movie anymore. It's about being yourself, and not forgetting yourself really. Even though you move forward or you move up, you still are you. When they're at that racetrack she's talking to the horse and she's going, "Go Clover," and then she goes crazy shouting, "Move your arse, Clover!" And she's got that phenomenal hat, fantastic dress on, but she's Eliza Doolittle you know? I love that movie, and why can't a woman be more like a man? I love that song; I love his confusion with that.

Strangers on a Train (1951, 97% Tomatometer)
Strangers on a TrainThere's something so twisted and sick -- that man is sitting there on that train and he just looks so banal and smiling, and he is a killer. It's really a crazy movie.

Fantasia (1940, 98% Tomatometer)
FantasiaOh I just love Fantasia. I played that for my nephew when he was two, and I don't believe in popping children in front of the television as a babysitter, but I feel like, you know what? "I'm introducing you to classical music; I'm introducing you to classic cartoons, so watch it!" It's a beautiful way to take music and to take your mind to a place of no words.

Carmen Jones (1954, 71% Tomatometer)

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Dudley Heffington

not bad i guess

Feb 4 - 09:03 AM


Nate 2709

All About Eve and Strangers on a Train are pretty great choices.

Feb 4 - 09:29 AM

girly g.

girly girl

totally agree

Mar 14 - 03:45 PM


Big Brother

A good list, but it seems strange to me that she doesn't have a favorite movie that was made in her lifetime? Nothing wrong with that, just seems a bit odd since most people I know have that one movie that they saw in theaters that just made them fall in love with movies. For me it's Raiders of the Lost Ark and it's the one constant on an ever changing list of 5 five favorite movies of all time.

Feb 4 - 09:34 AM


Bizarro Pedro

um she is nowhere near the first Disney Princess to do her speaking and singing: Jodi Benson- The Little Mermaid, Paige O'Hara - Beauty and the Beast... Anyway, Anika Noni Rose is absolutely charming. Would love to see a movie with her and Amy Adams together...

Feb 4 - 09:50 AM

The Connoisseur

arnold kumar

I think that would be pretty awesome. I love Amy Adams and Anika has a wonderful voice.

Aug 2 - 01:08 PM

Joe Utichi

Joe Utichi

Indeed you're right. She told us she was the first, she must have been mistaken.

Feb 4 - 10:08 AM


Big Brother

**gasp** lies and scandal on RT!!!! :)

Feb 4 - 10:25 AM


william thresher

Stranger ftw!

Feb 4 - 10:52 AM


Mark Homer

I'm pretty sure she meant she was the first Disney princess who was black onscreen as her animated character (not the first time a Disney princess was voiced by a black actress).

Feb 4 - 12:16 PM


Chris Carlin

thumbs up for picking Strangers on a Train. an amazing pick thats not cliche

Feb 4 - 03:03 PM

Eva M.

Eva M.

Nice movie picks!

Feb 4 - 05:40 PM

steve s.

steve smith

i ain't buyin' it. except of course the last one.

Feb 4 - 07:00 PM


Kevin Tomaszewski

Great choices! Anika is obviously a classic film buff, and it shows wonderfully.

Feb 4 - 07:15 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Fantasia, nice.

Feb 4 - 08:42 PM

The Avenger

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Feb 4 - 11:44 PM

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Jared King

Get out of here!

Feb 5 - 07:01 PM



This is a good, solid list people

Feb 5 - 02:52 AM

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Jared King

Get out of here!

Feb 5 - 07:01 PM



Not bad. Strangers on a Train is the stand out, one of Hitchcock's better works.

Feb 8 - 05:19 PM

John L.

John Lichter

OMG GUYS!!! Toy Story 3 just leaked

Feb 12 - 03:02 PM

John L.

John Lichter

OMG GUYS!!! Toy Story 3 just leaked

Feb 12 - 03:03 PM

girly g.

girly girl

totally agree

Mar 14 - 03:45 PM

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