Auli’i Cravalho – Bio and Everything You Should Know About Moana Actress

Hollywood has given a whole lot of people the opportunity they needed to shine and Auli’i Cravalho is one of them. She is an actress, a singer and also a musician. Most of the time, actors in the movie industry do not record a major career breakthrough until after many years but that is not the case with this young actress. In 2016, her acting career kicked off with the film Moana and as a result of her super amazing performance, she became a star.

Moana, a 3D computer-animated musical adventure film, is about the iron-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian village named Moana. As a result of her strong-willed nature, she is chosen by the ocean to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. She leaves in search of Maui, a legendary demigod after her Island is struck by blight, hoping to bring back the heart of Te Fiti and save her people.

Who is Auli’i Cravalho and How Old is She?

Auliʻi Cravalho was born on November 22, 2000, in Kohala, Hawaii. The actress whose family root spreads across Native Hawaiian, Puerto Rico, Portugal and China, made her acting breakthrough with her very first movie (Moana) in which she played the role of the title character. At this time, she was still living with her mother in Mililani, Hawaii and was in her first year of high school at Kamehameha Schools’ Kapālama campus where she was part of her school’s glee club.

According to the soprano singer, she initially did not want to audition for Moana because there were already so many great submissions over YouTube. However, because fate had decided that it was her time to shine, she took part in a charity singing competition at Oahu and there, a talent agent discovered her and urged her to audition for the role. Before then, The Walt Disney company had auditioned hundreds of actresses in the Pacific Islands but did not find what they were looking for until Auli’i came along. According to Rachel W. Sutton, she was the last person to be auditioned.

In the casting press release, director, John Musker, said Auli’i was given the role of Moana due to a certain fearlessness in her auditions and callbacks. He also added that she has a playful, mischievous wit, can project vulnerability and does not seem intimidated at all by the challenges ahead. The director further said that her Polynesian background has helped shape her connection to family, hard work, and music. “These are all qualities she shares with Moana”.

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In 2016, Auli’s acting in the animated film earned her Annie Awards for Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production and Alliance of Women Film Journalists award for Best Animated Female. She was also nominated for the Best Voice Performance by the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association and Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Frenemies (with Dwayne Johnson). In 2017, she was nominated for Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie: Fantasy Actress and Choice Movie: Breakout Star (she won the latter).

Auliʻi Cravalho
Auliʻi Cravalho
at the premiere of the movie Moana image source

In February 2017, the rising star grabbed another role, this time, in the pilot for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) drama, Rise, which was ordered to series on May 4, 2017. Regrettably, the series which premiered on March 13, 2018, was cancelled by NBC on May 15, 2018, as a result of low ratings.

Auli’i Cravalho announced in November 2017 that she would reprise her role as Moana in the Disney movie dubbed in Hawaiian-language. The movie debuted on the 10th of June 2018.

Net Worth

This rising teen actress reportedly has an estimated net worth of around $0.3 million. Although she has featured in a handful of movies so far, she is most popular for portraying the voice character in Moana which grossed a total of $639.6 million across the world.


Information about the young lady’s parents and family is scarce but we know she lives with her mother, Puanani Cravalho who was an administrative assistant. She and her mother are really close. When she was told that she won the part of Moana, the young lady was sworn to secrecy for a whole three months but because of the strong tie she has with her mom, she told her. As a result of how Auli’i always talks about her mother, most people concluded that her father was absent from her life until she made a tweet talking about how her father gave her “the talk” and wished him a happy fathers’ day.

Body Statistics – Height

The upcoming actress measures 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 54 kg. She has black hair, dark brown eyes and dimples that light up her face each time she smiles. Auli’i Cravalho’s body measurement is 34-25-34 inches (burst, waist, and hip). The talented actress wears dress size 2 (US) or 6 (UK) or 32 (EU) while her bra size is 32B and her shoe size is 7.5 (US) or 5 (UK) or 38 (EU).

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