Moana Auli’i Cravalho Lands Her First TV Series in NBC


Auli'i Cravalho
Auli'i Cravalho

Teen star Auli’i Cravalho just landed an opportunity to bring her talents to another platform. The Moana lead actress scored a role in NBC’s drama pilot, Drama High.

The announcement comes after the young actress wowed the crowd at the 2017 Oscars with her performance of How Far I’ll Go. The song which was a major part of the film emerged as one of the nominees for Best Original Song.

The award eventually went to La La Land‘s City of Stars. However, Cravalho’s performance of the Lin-Manuel Miranda hit already made an impact.

Cravalho will now have a chance to spread her charm in the small screen if ever the pilot gets a full series order. A report from Entertainment Weekly describes the actress’ role as follows:

“Lilette works part-time after school at the local town diner. She is so much more than Vanessa, her single mother, thinks she is. Lilette has big dreams, and joining the drama department is one of them.”

Meanwhile, Deadline relays that Drama High takes inspiration from the book of the same title written by Michael Sokolove. The piece chronicles the story of high school drama teacher Lou Volpe. Deadline offers the following description for the book:

“The hour-long project revolves around an extraordinary working-class high school drama department and the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town.”

Auli’i Cravalho and Her Rise to Fame

Prior to her stunning performance at the 2017 Oscars, Auli’i Cravalho already garnered success with her first film, Moana. The animated film debuted November of last year.

Cravalho landing the lead role for Moana was somehow reminiscent of the classic Cinderella story. A behind-the-scenes feature for the animated film revealed that the young actress was the very last girl to audition at the last day of casting. Despite hundreds of other young and talented girls who tried for the part, Cravalho emerged as the directors’ best choice.

Since she voiced Moana at 14, this makes Cravalho the youngest person to voice a Disney princess. However, her status as a princess becomes a subject for debate since in the film, Moana is not royalty.

Nevertheless, avid fans of the Disney Princess line will recognize that Mulan is not born royal, nor does she marry within royalty. However, she is still considered part of the lineup because she qualifies with the third criterion for being a Disney princess–which is doing an act of heroism.

Still, whether Moana receives a coronation or not, the character already proved to be one of Disney’s most progressive heroines there is. The official DVD and Blu-ray for the film releases on March 7.

Are you excited to see more of Auli’i Cravalho on television? Share your thoughts with us.

ALSO READ: Moana Deleted Scene Revealed and the Hidden Easter Eggs You May Have Missed

Image Source: Instagram/Auli’iCravalho

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Moana Auli’i Cravalho Lands Her First TV Series in NBC

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