'Moana' Star Auli'i Cravalho Dishes On Becoming Disney's Newest Heroine

'Moana' Star Auli'i Cravalho Dishes On Becoming Disney's Newest Heroine

Our new fave Auli’i Cravalho is talking all about her new movie, Moana.

“Moana is definitely a Disney heroine. She’s wonderful, empowered, empowering. I’m really excited for everyone to see,” the 15-year-old starlet told Seventeen mag.

Check out what else Auli’i shared about Moana:

On Moana: “I think [this movie is] really important because it’s inspired by Polynesia. Polynesia’s a real place, guys, and I’m Polynesian. Historians can tell you that Polynesians were the greatest navigators in the world, and I hope that all of you are inspired to maybe not journey across the ocean like Moana does, but to journey to find yourself.”

On Moana not having a prince: “Moana doesn’t have a love interest because this movie is about a journey — a physical one across hundreds and hundreds of miles of ocean, but also an emotional one of Moana finding herself. She doesn’t need a man or love interest to find herself.”

On her favorite Disney princess before Moana: “Mulan, definitely Mulan. I thought that even at a young age she totally broke that gender norm. And she did it headstrong. She also really respected, loved and carried her family wherever she went, which is something that I want to do. No matter where I go, I want to carry my family.”

On working with The Rock: “That deserves a question because he’s amazing. He’s really kind. Not that I was expecting him to be mean, but he’s had so much success but yet he’s still deeply rooted to his culture and still has that aloha spirit that I really like.”

Moana is out in theaters in late November.

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Photos: Walt Disney Pictures
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