Auliʻi Cravalho

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Auliʻi Cravalho
Auliʻi Cravalho 2017.jpg
Cravalho in 2017
Chloe Auliʻi Cravalho[1][better source needed]

(2000-11-22) November 22, 2000 (age 20)[2]
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2016–present

Chloe Auliʻi Cravalho (/ˈlʔi krəˈvɑːlj/;[3][4] born November 22, 2000)[2] is an American actress and singer, who made her acting debut as the titular character in the 2016 Disney computer animated musical feature film Moana.[5][6][7][8] She went on to star in the NBC drama series Rise (2018) and the Netflix drama film All Together Now (2020).

Early life[edit]

Cravalho was born in Kohala, Hawaii,[2] to Cathleen Puanani Cravalho, of Native Hawaiian descent, and Dwayne Cravalho,[9] of mixed Puerto Rican, Portuguese, Chinese, and Irish descent.[7][10] At the time she made her breakthrough, she was living in Mililani, Hawaii with her mother and was in her freshman year of high school, singing soprano in the glee club[11][12] at Kamehameha Schools' Kapālama campus.[13]


Cravalho has stated that she was initially not going to audition for Moana because "there were already so many great submissions over YouTube".[14] However, an Oahu talent agent discovered her at a charity competition and encouraged her to audition for the role.[10][14] The Walt Disney Company has stated that Cravalho was the last person to audition out of hundreds of actresses.[10][15]

In February 2017, it was announced that she had been cast in the pilot for the NBC drama Rise, which was ordered to series on May 4, 2017.[16][17] The series premiered on March 13, 2018, but NBC cancelled the series on May 15, 2018, due to low ratings.[18]

In November 2017, Cravalho announced she was going to reprise her role as Moana in the first ever Hawaiian-language dubbed Disney movie.[19] The dubbed Moana premiered on June 10, 2018.[20]

On November 5, 2019, Cravalho portrayed Ariel in ABC's The Little Mermaid Live!, a live-action concert rendition of The Little Mermaid.[21][22] In 2020, she starred in All Together Now, directed by Brett Haley for Netflix.[23]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2020, Cravalho publicly came out as bisexual.[24]


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Moana Moana (voice) English and Hawaiian-language versions
2017 Moana: Gone Fishing Moana (voice) Short film
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Moana (voice) Cameo
2020 All Together Now Amber Appleton
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Rise Lilette Suarez Main role
2019 Weird City Rayna Perez Episode "Go to College"
2019 The Little Mermaid Live! Ariel Live concert TV special
2019 Elena of Avalor Veronica (voice) Episode: "The Last Laugh"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2019 Disney Magic Kingdoms Moana (voice) Mobile game
Year Title Role Venue Notes
2018 Have a Nice Day Teenage daughter Minetta Lane Theater Off-Broadway live reading

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Animated Female Moana Won[a] [25]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Voice Performance Moana Nominated [26]
2017 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Moana Won[b] [27]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Frenemies (with Dwayne Johnson) Moana Nominated [28]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star Moana Won [29]
Choice Movie: Fantasy Actress Moana Nominated [30]


  1. ^ Tied with Ginnifer Goodwin for Zootopia
  2. ^ Tied with Jason Bateman for Zootopia


  1. ^ Eugenio, Lani (November 26, 2016). "Moana has Roots in Kohala". Kohala Mountain News. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Daniel, Diane (November 17, 2016). "What to See in Hawaii? Ask Auliʻi Cravalho of Disney's 'Moana'". The New York Times. New York: The New York Times Company. p. TR2. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "Dwayne Johnson and Auliʻi Cravalho on how to pronounce Auliʻi Cravalho". USA Today. YouTube. November 16, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  4. ^ "Introducing Auliʻi Cravalho as Disney's Moana". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. YouTube. October 12, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  5. ^ Mike Miller, "All About Auliʻi Cravalho, the Amazing 16-Year-Old Voice of Disney's Moana," People, November 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Bryan Alexander, "The Rock, Auliʻi Cravalho bring true chemistry to 'Moana'," USA Today, November 21, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Wallace, Don. ""Moana" Star Auliʻi Cravalho is Not Your Average Disney Princess". Honolulu. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  8. ^ Julee Morrison, "Auliʻi Cravalho and Her Mom Talk Disney's Moana and The Rock," Huffington Post, November 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "Earthworks Contracting, Inc. | Better Business Bureau Profile".
  10. ^ a b c Wang, Frances Kai-Hwa (October 7, 2015). "The Next Disney Princess is Native Hawaiian AuliCravalho". NBC News. New York: NBCUniversal. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  11. ^ Levine, Daniel S. (May 6, 2017). "Auliʻi Cravalho: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know". Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  12. ^ Grubbs, Jefferson (October 7, 2015). "Moana Star Auliʻi Cravalho Joins A Long Line Of Actresses Of Color Who Voiced Disney Princesses". Bustle. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "KS Kapālama sophomore Auliʻi Cravalho cast as Disney's "Moana" | Kamehameha Schools". Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  14. ^ a b Rice, Lynette (October 7, 2015). "Meet the Next Disney Princess – and Get a First Look at Her Movie, Moana!" People. New York: Time Inc. Retrieved on June 14, 2016.
  15. ^ Ledbetter, Carly (October 8, 2015). "Meet Your New Disney Princess 'Moana', Played By 14-Year-Old Auliʻi Cravalho". The Huffington Post. Retrieved on June 14, 2016.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 27, 2017). "Moana Star Auliʻi Cravalho Cast In NBC Pilot Drama High From Jason Katims & Jeffrey Seller". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Andreeva (May 4, 2017). "'Rise' & 'For God And Country' Picked Up To Series By NBC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  18. ^ "NBC's Theatre-Focused Drama Rise Sets March Premiere | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  19. ^ "Auliʻi on Instagram: "Aloha nui kākou! Eia nō hoʻi au ʻo Auliʻi Cravalho ma Nuioka nei. A piha ʻeu ka hauʻoli i ka hana hou ʻia ʻana ʻo Moana... a i kēia…"". Instagram. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  20. ^ "Disney's Moana to make World Premiere in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi at Ko Olina's World Oceans Day, June 10 – Ko Olina". Ko Olina. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  21. ^ Levin, Gary (August 5, 2019). "'The Little Mermaid': ABC resurfaces plans for a live musical version of the classic film with Queen Latifah". USA Today.
  22. ^ Bentley, Jean (August 5, 2019). "'Little Mermaid' Live Starring Auliʻi Cravalho Set at ABC". The Hollywood Reporter.
  23. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (July 24, 2019). "'Moana' Star Auliʻi Cravalho To Lead Cast In Movie 'Sorta Like A Rock Star' For Netflix & Director Brett Haley". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  24. ^ Sommer, Ava (April 9, 2020). "Auliʻi Cravalho is Bisexual: Moana Star Comes Out On TikTok". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  25. ^ "2016 AWFJ EDA Award Winners | Alliance of Women Film Journalists". Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  26. ^ "The 2016 WAFCA Awards Nominations". WAFCA. December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  27. ^ Flores, Terry (February 5, 2017). "'Zootopia' Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards (Winners List)". Variety. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  28. ^ Levy, Dani (February 2, 2017). "Justin Timberlake and Kevin Hart Lead Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  29. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2017 Reveal Second Wave of Nominations". E! News. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  30. ^ Ceron, Ella. "The Pretty Little Liars Were ALL Nominated for the Same EXACT Award". Teen Vogue. Retrieved June 20, 2017.

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