14 Magical Facts You Should Know About Auli’i Cravalho

We’ve gotten used to hearing her voice from the newest animated Disney film, but we never knew the face behind this character was also so sweet.

If you haven’t heard of Auli’i Cravalho, it’s not too late. This young star is the voice behind the newest Disney princess, and she is every inch of the Disney princess she plays onscreen. Meet Auli’i Cravalho.

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  1. She was born in Hawaii.

Auli’i was born on November 22, 2000 in Kohala, Hawaii, which is a city located on the northernmost tip of the Big Island.

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  1. She was the very last person to audition for Moana.

Casting director Rachel Sutton said that Auli’i was the very last girl she saw, on the very last day of auditions, for the casting call for the title role in Moana. Auli’i originally hadn’t wanted to audition for the open casting call because she didn’t think she had a chance. A talent agent in Oahu convinced her otherwise – just in time.

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  1. She’s wanted to be a Disney princess her entire life.

In an interview, Auli’i once admitted that she’d wanted to be a Disney princess ever since she was a baby – up to present day. Now, she admits that her goal is simply to continue being a singer and actress.

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  1. She loves singing.

This much might have already been obvious, given her role as Moana, but Auli’i is also a part of her high school’s glee club and sings all the soprano parts.

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  1. She performed at the Oscar’s.

At the 2017 Oscars, Auli’i performed the leading song from the Moana soundtrack, “How Far I’ll Go.” Her performance was not only spot-on, but she also got hit in the head by one of her background dancers and didn’t skip a beat.

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  1. She was tricked by the directors before she got cast.

At her final callback audition, the directors told her to run some lines improv, acting as if she’d gotten cast as the role of Moana – before they actually gave her the part.

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  1. She was only 14 when she cast.

Auli’i is currently 16, but the time she was cast formally in the Disney film, she was barely 14 years old, a freshman in high school. She’s currently the youngest Disney princess to date.

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  1. She’s still in school.

When she’s not busy attending award shows and singing lessons, Auli’i is still working on finishing her high school education and taking classes like chemistry and trigonometry.

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  1. Her favorite subject is science.

Back in school, Auli’i had been in a special science and molecular cell biology program, which she hopes to get back to in the future. Much of what she’s studied relates to her native home – the Hawaiian islands – so she has strong ties to the subject.

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  1. She likes wearing a flower in her hair.

Much like her animated Disney princess, Auli’i loves attending events with a flower tucked behind her right ear.

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  1. She’s about to break it big.

Immediately after her performance on the Oscars, Auli’i was cast in a new NBC television show called Drama High, a show about a high school theater program.

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  1. She has an adorable way to teach people how to say her name.

“It’s ‘ow,’ like you stubbed your toe. ‘Lee,’ like Bruce Lee. Then, you add an ‘e.’ Auli’i Cravalho,” she explained in an interview once. So in short: Ow-Lee-E.

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  1. She jokes that she had strong lungs ever since she was born.

According to Auli’i and her mother, Auli’i came out of the womb screaming. Her mom “didn’t give [her] a binky” when she was a baby, to which Auli’i credits for the current strength of her lungs.

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  1. She loves kids.

It’s easy to see that Auli’i loves interacting and playing with kids. On press tours, she takes the time to hug and sing with each one with a huge smile.