The bold Hawaiian actress famous for lending her voice to the gutsy Polynesian princess and title character of 'Moana' (2016).
November 22, 2000
Oahu, Hawaii, United States
Auli’i Cravalho gained Hollywood’s attention when she was cast to voice the adventurous Polynesian princess and title character of the popular Disney animated film, ‘Moana’ (2016). In the same year, the actress gained recognition with her several accolades from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Annie Awards, and Teen Choice Awards.
She was discovered by a talent agent when she was only 14 years old. Cravalho reckoned that she had always wanted to become a Disney princess since she was little. She was named as the youngest actress to voice a Disney princess. The famed director, John Musker, noted that even though she was the last one to audition among the hundreds of women in the Pacific Islands, she made quite an impression with her fearlessness in her auditions. ‘She has a playful, mischievous wit. She can project vulnerability, she doesn’t seem intimidated at all by the challenges ahead, and her Polynesian background has helped shape her connection to family, hard work, and music. These are all qualities she shares with Moana,’ he said.
Cravalho was also known for her works in ‘All Together Now’ (2020), ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ (2019), and ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ (2018). In 2018, she debuted on the NBC television series ‘Rise’ as Lilette Suarez.