Emma Watson joins the list of Disney princesses as book-loving Belle in the live-action "Beauty and the Beast," which opens Friday. So who was her favorite Disney princess when she was growing up?

"Obviously, a massive Belle fan," says the "Harry Potter" alum. "I was also very partial to Pocahontas." (As she told us in another video, it was partly due to the pet raccoon, partly because of Pocahontas's awesome hair.)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw reveals she was similarly "obsessed with Belle ... I also loved Ariel in 'The Little Mermaid.' That was kind of my generation."

No surprise, composer Alan Menken -- who wrote the songs used both in the 1991 "Beauty and the Beast" and the remake, as well as penning tunes for Ariel and Pocahontas -- also favors the bookish, Beast-loving Belle: "It could actually be Belle! Belle's pretty special."

On an entirely different note, Audra McDonald says, "I identified more with some of the villains. I loved Cruella De Vil ["101 Dalmatians"]." She also points out that another favorite, Ursula from "The Little Mermaid" is "actually a princess, too! She's a princess gone very bad."

Dan Stevens went a bit more modern, citing the daring heroines of "Brave" (his daughter's a big fan!) and "Moana." "I've reacquainted myself with the new generation of Disney princesses, being a father now." Awww!

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