Disney has unveiled the first look at its next princess, Moana, and the 14-year-old actress who’ll play her.
“From baby time to now, I wanted to be a Disney princess and then I wanted to be a singer or an actress,” Auli’i Cravalho of Oahu, Hawaii, tells “People” magazine.
She stars opposite Dwayne Johnson in the animated adventure “Moana,” about a born navigator in ancient Oceania who sets out in search of a fabled island, teaming with the legendary demigod Maui along the way.
“Moana is such an amazing character,” Cravalho said. “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.”
Johnson welcomed Cravalho this morning on Instagram, adding, “What’s amazing about this story is that she didn’t think she was good enough so she never auditioned. Fortunately, one of our Oahu casting agents discovered her singing at a charity competition and the rest is history. An awesome lesson to all young kids out there… work hard, have confidence in yourselves and never think you’re not good enough because you never know what the future holds.”
Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, “Moana” opens Nov. 23, 2016.
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