“You record lines over and over again in these cold booths, but it looks so spectacular on screen!” - hmv.com talks to Moana star Auli'i Cravalho
After taking over $600 million at the box office at the end of 2016, Disney's animated adventure Moana gets a release on DVD on Monday (April 3rd, you can pre-order it on the right-hand side of the page).
The movie follows the adventures of Moana Waialiki, a Polynesian sea-voyager, navigator and chief's daughter.
In the movie, she will embark on a journey across the sea to find a fabled island, and, in the process of doing so, teams up with Maui, a demi-god, who helps her battle a series of deadly challenges, including enormous sea monsters, on her long journey.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson voices Maui, with newcomer Auli'i Cravalho as Moana. John Musker and Ron Clements, who have directed the likes of Aladdin, The Princess And The Frog and The Little Mermaid for Disney in the past.
Taika Waititi, director of What We Do In The Shadows and currently in post-production on Thor: Ragnarok, wrote the script, while Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of In The Heights and Hamilton, has contributed tracks to the soundtrack.
As the movie hits DVD shelves we spoke to star Cravalho about how she got involved in the film and what it’s like to work with The Rock...
It’s been a little while since the movie came out, how do you look back on the whole process of making Moana?
“It’s been wonderful. I feel so blessed to have been on this amazing journey with Moana and we go back a long way. I got cast as Moana when I was 14 and I’m 16 now and I’ve learned and grown so much with her, she’s such a wonderful character, she’s everything I hope to be when I grow up.”
How did you find making this film? Working on an animation is quite a solitary process isn’t it?
“I really thought I was going to be rubbing elbows with Dwayne Johnson and I’d get to hang out with the rest of the cast, but that’s not how it works at all. Watching the film you’re amazed, it looks so different to how you made it, you record lines over and over again in these cold booths, but it looks so spectacular on screen.”
What was it like seeing it all finished for the first time?
“I cried when I first saw it. In fact, I’ve cried every time I’ve seen it, even the really early cut I saw when Moana was still bald every few seconds or the water was this blue mass. So, when I actually saw the final version and heard the swell of the ocean and the sound of the swaying palm trees and I could hear me as the character, I was so overwhelmed, it was so heartwarming. I bawled!”
Even if you didn’t see Dwayne and Lin-Manuel Miranda for filming, it must have been fun promoting the film with them?
“It was so much fun. Lin-Manuel Miranda is an absolute genius. My high school put a production of his first show In The Heights on so to meet him was a total dream and I really freaked out. Dwayne is the kindest and largest man I have ever met in my whole life.”
Finally, if Moana comes back for a sequel, would you be up for it?
“Absolutely. I love the character and the people I got to work with. I would be honoured to be brought back. I’m so sad that our adventure is coming to an end so I would love to come back do it all again!”.