Aquamarine on a rock

Aquamarine is the main protagonist, and the main mermaid, in the film by the same name. She is played by actress Sarah Paxton. Aqua is her nickname, given to her first by Raymond. She swims away from her underwater home to avoid getting married to a "spoiled, shallow merman", who she didn't love. Her angry father, who is the king of the ocean, makes a storm that washes her into a swimming pool. She is found by Claire and Hailey and asks them to help her prove to her father that love is real, so she won't have to get married.


Aquamarine is a gorgeous mermaid who surfaces accidentally during a storm. She is very girly and kind. She is also eager to prove to her father that loves exists; this showed that she's ambitious. She is creative and bubbly, and very confident. She is well-traveled. She also is naive being she falls in love with Raymond at first sight and expected him to love her in return. However, Aqua is a precious gem that you rarely find in the ocean; she is the best mermaid friend you could have. She loves to go swimming with Claire and Hailey while Claire goes snorkeling and Hailey goes scuba diving.

Role in the Movie

Two teenage best friends, Hailey Rogers (JoJo) and Claire Brown (Emma Roberts), regret that they will be separated in five days, since Hailey has to move to Australia because of her mother's (Claudia Karvan) job. One night, after a violent storm, Hailey wishes for a miracle that will make her mother change her mind about moving, and so they find a mermaid named Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) in the swimming pool of their beach club. The girls are frightened at first, but then curious. They start to talk with Aquamarine and promise her they will be back in the morning.

The next morning, Claire wakes up and hears a strange commotion down at the swimming pool where they left Aquamarine. Claire's grandparents Bob and Maggie (Roy Billing and Julia Blake) were clearing the pool because of the huge storm. Both Claire and Hailey quickly rush down to save Aquamarine but when they reach the pool, everything has been cleared. They hear noises by the nearby beach's snack shack and find a nude Aquamarine. The only difference is that she has legs instead of a mermaid's tail. Aquamarine tells them she can assume human form on land during the day if she does not get wet. Claire and Hailey become friends with Aquamarine, who tells them that she came to land to find love, an idea she knows nothing about, but desires desperately. She tells them that she made a deal with her father that if she can prove love is not a myth, she will not have to undergo an arranged marriage to a spoiled merman, but she only has three days to do it. She notices a handsome lifeguard named Raymond (Jake McDorman), whom Claire and Hailey have admired for a while, and enlists the help of the two girls to win his heart in return for granting their wish. The girls see their opportunity to keep Hailey from moving and quickly work on prepping Aquamarine on the how-tos of attracting a man. These self-educated relationship experts, having gained all their knowledge from reading magazines every day and often quote them, soon realize it's a lot easier said than done.

Claire and Hailey's rival - a spoiled, rich girl named Cecilia (Arielle Kebbel) - tries her best to stop them, but ultimately fails, causing her father to cut off her driving privileges. Also prominent is an eccentric, compassionate caretaker, Leonard (Bruce Spence), rescues Aquamarine from public discovery and then Aqua grants him a wish; he now has a lovely relationship with Bonnie (Lulu McClatchy), his long-time crush. Eventually, it is not Raymond that convinces Aquamarine's father about love, but Claire and Hailey, who are willing to give up their wish and their lives in the aiding of a friend. Raymond and Aquamarine share a kiss and promise to meet up again in the future, Raymond promises he'll wait for her in Fiji. Hailey and Claire get their wish from Aquamarine, but decide not to use it until later. Aquamarine gives both Hailey and Claire a starfish earring, which tells Hailey that she is beautiful inside and out, and Claire is courageous and has a true heart.The trio all say goodbye and promise to see each other soon.


Claire: Best human friend, she helped Aqua win Raymond, Separated being she decided to live in the ocean for awhile. (See the main relationship page for Aquamarine, Hailey and Claire)

Hailey: Best human friend, she helped Aqua win Raymond, Separated being she moved to Australia. (See the main relationship page for Aquamarine, Hailey and Claire)

Raymond: Human Boyfriend, In love with him, He chose her over Cecilia, Separated because she decided to live in the ocean for awhile. (See the main relationship page for Raymond and Aquamarine)

Cecilia: Enemy, Fought with her for Raymond, They hate each other. (See the main relationship page for the enemies, Aquamarine and Cecilia)

Leonard: Friend, He saved her, She granted him a wish, She is the first person to talk to him all that summer (nicely). (See the main relationship page for Aquamarine and Leonard)

Unnamed merman father: King of the ocean. He was mad at her for not marrying the merman he picked for her arranged marrige repaired relationship after he tried to force her to marry an unnamed merman.

Unnamed Merman Ex-Fiancé: Arranged marriage by him and Aqua by her father, She didn't truly love him. Aqua didn't like him cause he was "As Deep as a Tidal Pool."


She has blonde hair with light blue streaks; teal is also the color of her tail. In the movie, she wears many different outfits (most notably: Hailey's blue sweatshirt). She appears to be around 16-17 years old and looks a little older than Hailey and Claire. She also wears a necklace that appears to be historic looking and old, but beautiful.


Aquamarine can control water; such as creating waves (her father's control over the water is significantly larger however). Aqua may have gotten her powers from her father. She can grow legs if she comes out of the water in the day. The blue mermaid tail comes back if her legs get wet or if the sun goes down. Her fingernails/fingerscales and toenails/toescales change color with her mood:

  • Silver: Regular
  • Red: Irritated/Angry
  • Blue: Sad
  • Green: Nervous
  • Purple/Pink: In Love
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