Meet Auli'i Cravalho, the Dazzling 15-year-Old Hawaiian Star of Moana

Auli'i Cravalho from Moana
Auli’i Cravalho from Moana

Auli’i Cravalho, 15, on Her First Job, Starring in Moana

Some teenagers earn their first money by babysitting or mowing lawns. Hawaii’s Auli’i Cravalho took it to a whole different level, nabbing the starring role in Disney’s animated feature “Moana.”

“Pretty cool, I must say,” Cravalho tells Made in Holywood reporter Kylie Erica Mar. “I’m 15. This is my first official job. Pretty good first job! I loved playing Moana. This has been incredible. Receiving this role has just been a huge blessing. I will never forget this time in my life.”

And few people are likely to forget Cravalho as the adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people, meeting the once-mighty demigod Maui, played by Dwayne Johnson, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Along the way she sings songs by “Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“I loved recording the music. It was something that I’ve never done before, obviously,” Cravalho says. “Being in a booth and having people look at you, I was fine with it for the regular dialogue, but singing – that was something kind of different. So I remember I asked that the lights actually be dimmed down a little bit. I wanted to forget that the people were looking at me. It turned out pretty well, I’d say.”


How Auli’i Cravalho Channeled Her Pacific Island Pride into Moana

Moana is the latest in a long line of Disney animated heroines, from Snow White to Mulan, but Cravalho says she didn’t base her character on any of her predecessors

“I was channeling everything that I grew up with,” she says. “I had grown up on Hawaii island all my life. I’ve always lived cialis 2 5mg there. I channeled basically everything that I’ve known of voyaging of just pride in my Pacific Island heritage. I think Mona and I are pretty similar in those senses. And although she is similar to other Disney heroines, she is something all her own.”

Cravalho also enjoyed another Disney tradition as the inspiration for her own doll.

“I still can’t wrap head around it,” she says. “Moana was like modeled before I set foot in that (movie). The fact that she looks like me and has my voice, it’s really uncanny.”