Meet the Next Disney Princess and the 14-Year-Old Newcomer Who Will Be Her Voice!
Written by Project Inspired | October 7, 2015
It would be a dream come true for so many of us!
Disney’s newest princess movie, Moana, features a Hawaiian teen who sets sail across the ocean in search of a fabled island that will connect her with her ancestors. To find the girl who would voice her, the filmmakers auditioned hundreds of girls around the Pacific Islands, and now they’ve finally revealed her to the public via People.
Her name is Auli’i Cravalho, and she is a 14-year-old native of the Hawaiian island Oahu. She was discovered by a local casting agent who saw her while she was singing during a charity competition. Even after she auditioned in L.A., Cravalho said she didn’t believe she’d get the role since there were so many other talented girls there, but she did!
”Moana is such an amazing character,” Cravalho told People.com. “She’s brave, she is so
empowered, she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to get it, and I
think that’s something that I can relate to as well. I just love
watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a
person and helps her culture along the way.”
She’ll be starring alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who will be voicing Moana’s sidekick, a demigod named Maui. The film is set to hit theaters on November 23, 2016 (soooo far!!!)
You can see more of Moana’s casting journey, including the incredible moment she finds out she got the part, in an exclusive video here.