Auliʻi Cravalho

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Auliʻi Cravalho
Hawaiian Airlines Disney Moana Airplane Auliʻi Cravalho (50799007843) (cropped).jpg
Cravalho in 2016
Born (2000-11-22) November 22, 2000 (age 21)[1]
Alma materColumbia University
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2016–present

Auliʻi Cravalho (/ˈlʔi krəˈvɑːlj/;[2][3] born November 22, 2000)[1] is an American actress and singer who made her acting debut as the titular character in the 2016 Disney 3D computer-animated musical feature film Moana.[4][5][6][7] 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,[1] to Cathleen (Puanani) Cravalho, of Native Hawaiian descent, and Dwayne Cravalho,[8] of mixed Puerto Rican, Portuguese, Chinese, and Irish descent.[6][9] 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[10][11] at Kamehameha Schools' Kapālama campus.[12]


Cravalho has stated that she was initially not going to audition for Moana because "there were already so many great submissions over YouTube".[13] However, an Oahu talent agent discovered her at a charity competition and encouraged her to audition for the role.[9][13] The Walt Disney Company has stated that Cravalho was the last person to audition out of hundreds of actresses.[9][14]

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.[15][16] The series premiered on March 13, 2018, but NBC cancelled the series on May 15, 2018, due to low ratings.[17]

In November 2017, Cravalho announced she was going to reprise her role as Moana in the first Hawaiian-language dubbed Disney film.[18] The dubbed Moana premiered on June 10, 2018.[19]

On November 5, 2019, Cravalho portrayed Ariel in ABC's The Little Mermaid Live!, a live-action concert rendition of The Little Mermaid.[20][21] In 2020, she starred in All Together Now, directed by Brett Haley for Netflix.[22]

In 2020, Cravalho participated in Acting for a Cause, a live classic play and screenplay reading series created, directed and produced by Brando Crawford. Cravalho played Gwendolen Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest,[23] Laertes in Hamlet, Lady Catherine in Pride and Prejudice, and Jeannie Bueller in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The reading raised funds for non-profit charities including Mount Sinai Medical Center.[24]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2020, Cravalho publicly came out as bisexual.[25]


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
TBA Spring Awakening Wendla
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"
2023 Hailey's On It! Hailey (voice) Main role
TBA The Power Jos Cleary-Lopez Main role
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2019 The Sims 4 Nalani Mahi’ai (voice) Sims 4: Island Living Gameplay Trailer
Year Title Role Venue Notes
2018 Have a Nice Day Teenage daughter Minetta Lane Theater Off-Broadway live reading
Music videos
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Live Your Story Herself Music video for Walt Disney Records

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Animated Female Moana Won[a] [26]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Voice Performance Moana Nominated [27]
2017 Annie Awards Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Moana Won[b] [28]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Frenemies (with Dwayne Johnson) Moana Nominated [29]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star Moana Won [30]
Choice Movie: Fantasy Actress Moana Nominated [31]

See also[edit]


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


  1. ^ 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. p. TR2. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "Dwayne Johnson and Auliʻi Cravalho on how to pronounce Auliʻi Cravalho". USA Today. November 16, 2016. Archived from the original on November 16, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2017 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ "Introducing Auliʻi Cravalho as Disney's Moana". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. October 12, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2017 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Mike Miller, "All About Auliʻi Cravalho, the Amazing 16-Year-Old Voice of Disney's Moana," People, November 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Bryan Alexander, "The Rock, Auliʻi Cravalho bring true chemistry to 'Moana'," USA Today, November 21, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Wallace, Don. ""Moana" Star Auliʻi Cravalho is Not Your Average Disney Princess". Honolulu. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Julee Morrison, "Auliʻi Cravalho and Her Mom Talk Disney's Moana and The Rock," Huffington Post, November 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Earthworks Contracting, Inc. | Better Business Bureau Profile".
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Levine, Daniel S. (May 6, 2017). "Auliʻi Cravalho: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know". Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "KS Kapālama sophomore Auliʻi Cravalho cast as Disney's "Moana" | Kamehameha Schools". Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Andreeva (May 4, 2017). "'Rise' & 'For God And Country' Picked Up To Series By NBC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  17. ^ "NBC's Theatre-Focused Drama Rise Sets March Premiere | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  18. ^ "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. Archived from the original on December 23, 2021. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  19. ^ "Disney's Moana to make World Premiere in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi at Ko Olina's World Oceans Day, June 10 – Ko Olina". Ko Olina (in American English). Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Bentley, Jean (August 5, 2019). "'Little Mermaid' Live Starring Auliʻi Cravalho Set at ABC". The Hollywood Reporter.
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ Acting for a Cause (March 26, 2020). ""The Importance of Being Earnest" Feat. Auli'i Cravalho, Justice Smith - Dir. Brando Crawford". YouTube. Retrieved June 29, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ George, Doug (May 13, 2020). "Oak Parker stages Zoom plays as COVID-19 benefits, casting Florence Pugh and more young Hollywood actors". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  25. ^ Sommer, Ava (April 9, 2020). "Auliʻi Cravalho is Bisexual: Moana Star Comes Out On TikTok". Billboard (in American English). Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  26. ^ "2016 AWFJ EDA Award Winners | Alliance of Women Film Journalists". Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  27. ^ "The 2016 WAFCA Awards Nominations". WAFCA. December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  28. ^ Flores, Terry (February 5, 2017). "'Zootopia' Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards (Winners List)". Variety. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  29. ^ Levy, Dani (February 2, 2017). "Justin Timberlake and Kevin Hart Lead Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  30. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2017 Reveal Second Wave of Nominations". E! News (in Canadian English). July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  31. ^ Ceron, Ella. "The Pretty Little Liars Were ALL Nominated for the Same EXACT Award". Teen Vogue. Retrieved June 20, 2017.

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