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Auli'i Cravalho Once Thought That Her 'Moana' Audition Offer Was a Scam

Auli'i Cravalho Once Thought That Her 'Moana' Audition Offer Was a Scam

Auli’i Cravalho might have not been the voice of Moana if things had worked out differently.

The 17-year-old actress admitted to Variety in a new interview that she and her mom actually thought the audition offer was a scam.

“My mom and I, for sure, thought it was a scam — absolutely!” she shared. “We got the email, and it was on my school email because I had submitted the audition [for a school project] and was hoping for the best for my friends and I. And I got an email back saying, ‘Hey, I have another project that I’m hoping that you’ll audition for if you’ll just come into the Hawaii Five-0 casting studio.’”

Auli’i continues, remembering “showing it to my mom and saying, ‘OK, first of all I think she used the wrong ‘your’ and I don’t know how I feel about this.’ My mom said she’d come with me and make sure everything was legit and shake hands and be professional and if anything, at least we’d know where the Hawaii Five-0 casting studio is.”

Good thing it wasn’t a scam and it ultimately led Auli’i to her breakout role, and from there, Rise.

'Moana's Original Script Had Moana Having Seven Brothers!

'Moana's Original Script Had Moana Having Seven Brothers!

Moana is one of our favorite Disney films right now.

Who doesn’t love the story of a Polynesian chief’s daughter breaking old rules and making her own, all to save her family and people?

However, did you know that before the final movie was made and released, Moana actually had seven brothers?

According to producer Osnat Shurer, via EW, that was the actual plan for the movie.

“The very early story was that Moana had seven brothers and her dad was the one who wanted to revive voyaging,” he shared. “We were playing with that kind of idea, that she doesn’t get taken along even though she’s the best sailor, because she’s a girl.”

“Then we realized that we wanted this to be a true hero’s journey, in which our hero just happens to be female; we didn’t want her flaw and her problem to be her gender.”

Amen, to that!

Jordan Fisher Speaks Out About Moana Halloween Costume Backlash

Jordan Fisher Speaks Out About Moana Halloween Costume Backlash

If you’ve been paying attention, there’s been some controversy about dressing up kids, who are not of Polynesian descent, as Moana.

Most are saying it’s cultural appropriation — and Jordan Fisher is here to say that it’s Halloween.

“All these articles about not dressing your kids up as Moana is unreal,” Jordan wrote on Twitter this morning.

He adds, “As someone with Polynesian blood, as well as lots of other things, lemme see some white, black, Asian, mixed girl or even BOY Moana’s.

Jordan has a good point, too. It IS Halloween, and we should be having fun with it, not second guessing every costume idea because it’s not your own culture.

We know that cultural appropriation is a huge deal and we need to learn from it, but it’s still Halloween.

Auli'i Cravalho Jokes That She Also Responds to 'Moana' in Public

Auli'i Cravalho Jokes That She Also Responds to 'Moana' in Public

The fact that the title character in Moana is animated definitely has not stopped actress Auli’i Cravalho from getting recognized in public!

“When I go out like with my mom, I’m shocked that cashiers are like, ‘This might sound weird, but are you Moana?’” the 16-year-old told People in an interview.

“And I get to say yes!” she continued. “At this point I also answer to Moana. It warms my heart.”

Auli’i‘s exciting new role in Rise will only increase her star power.

We can’t wait to see what amazing performance she gets stopped on the streets for next!

Celine Tam Reprises 'Moana' Performance for Ellen DeGeneres - Watch Now!

Celine Tam Reprises 'Moana' Performance for Ellen DeGeneres - Watch Now!

We were all shocked when Celine Tam was voted off America’s Got Talent last week, but we think she’s still going to have a great career and Ellen DeGeneres thinks so too!

The talk show host invited the nine-year-old singer on her show after the elimination to perform “How For I’ll Go” from Moana for her audience.

Celine even had a very positive outlook on her elimination.

“I just feel amazed by America giving so much love and support. Thanks to them for voting for me. It’s very hard coming this far and I really just want to thank you, America,” Celine said.


Adorable ‘America’s Got Talent’ Singer Celine Tam Performs
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