Like most little girls, all her life, Auli’i Cravalho wanted to be a Disney princess. For her, that dream came true.
This exclusive video was released by People, showing the face and voice behind Disney’s brand new Disney princess, Moana Waialiki. Cravalho said she’s always wanted to be a princess:
“From baby time to now, I wanted to be a Disney princess and then I wanted to be a singer or an actress.”
The film centers around a Hawaiian princess from 2,000 years ago who goes on a sea journey to find a fabled island. She is joined on her treacherous, adventure-filled journey by a demigod named Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson.
The video above shows the bubble personality of Auli’i Cravalho, a 14-year-old Hawaiian native who found that all her dreams had come true. She was the last audition on the last day of auditions, and she stood out from hundreds of other teenage girls vying for that same position.
In the video, Cravalho recalls the audition process, finishing up her freshman year of high school and thinking she’d never get the part because “there were already so many great submissions over YouTube.” Well, it looks like Cravalho made an impression on the Disney filmmakers!
The video above shows an audition panel pretending that Cravalho didn’t get the part of Moana, simply so that they could hear her reaction firsthand. The joy she must have felt when she knew she’d actually gotten the part!
For Cravalho, the character of Moana is definitely relatable. Of the character, she said:
“Moana is such an amazing character. 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.”
Cravalho is also really excited to work alongside Dwayne Johnson, and says she’s excited to hear him sing.
I’m excited to have another Disney princess to watch and idolize, and pleased to see a princess from a different culture join the ranks of Disney royalty. Moana is slated for release on November 23, 2016. A whole year to wait!