Ariana DeBose Says ‘Never Stop Believing’ at ‘Wish’ Premiere (Exclusive)


Ariana DeBose has an inspiring message for dreamers.

On Monday, the actress attended the U.K. premiere of her Disney movie Wish and handed out some advice to anyone who’s chasing a dream.

“Never stop believing,” DeBose, 32, told PEOPLE at the Odeon Luxe in London’s Leicester Square. “You know, your dreams don’t work unless you do.”

“It’s hard in the world that we live in, but your dreams have possibility, they always do, never give up on them,” the Oscar winner says.

Opening up about her own journey, DeBose — who wore a sheer Dolce & Gabbana purple gown with silver platforms and dangling earrings — adds that it’s “never the path that’s obvious.”

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Ariana DeBose at the U.K. premiere of Wish in London on Nov. 20, 2023.

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“Sometimes in order to be re-inspired, you have to choose a different path and you never know where it’s going to take you,” she says. “But it’s always led me to really interesting places.”

DeBose, who voices the character of Asha in the Disney movie, was all smiles on Monday’s blue carpet as her hair was styled into two braids on either side of her head.

In a reposted video on her Instagram Story, DeBose explained that her gown was inspired by her Wish character, Asha, who also wears a purple dress.

“I thought while she’s not a princess, did deserve a ballgown this evening,” she told Oh My Disney UK.

Julia Michaels, Ariana DeBose and Rochelle Humes at the U.K. premiere of Wish in London on Nov. 20, 2023.

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At Monday’s event, DeBose also posed alongside Julia Michaels, who co-wrote the songs for Wish, and British singer and presenter Rochelle Humes, who voices the character of Rochelle.

Holding onto each other’s arms, the trio displayed warm smiles as they posed on the blue carpet. Michaels, 30, wore a turtleneck black gown with a blue shawl while Humes, 34, was dressed in a black gown featuring a thigh-high slit.

“Wishes do come true ✨With effort, care, love, and good energy, anything is possible,” DeBose later wrote on Instagram alongside a video of her different moments at the premiere, set to her song “This Wish” from the movie.

The actress went on to say that she was “so proud” of the film and its message, adding, “I hope you’ll share this film with your families ⭐️.”

Wish is in theaters Wednesday.

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