Auli’i Cravalho is taking up iconic Disney princess Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid’ dwell occasion. She spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about why this position is so ‘particular,’ her ideas on Queen Latifah as Ursula, and extra.
Auli’i Cravalho is pulling double responsibility in terms of Disney princesses. She was the voice of Moana within the beloved 2016 animated film of the identical title and she or he will probably be taking part in Ariel in The Little Mermaid Stay! on ABC. HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with the 18-year-old all about her new position. “It’s unbelievable,” Auli’i instructed HollywoodLife at ABC’s Summer time TCA All-Star Get together on Aug. 5. “I used to be very pleased with one Disney princess. I didn’t assume I could possibly be grasping and get two, however they have been type sufficient to ask if I needed to play Ariel and, in fact, my response was sure, sure, sure.”
This isn’t simply your typical dwell musical occasion. The Little Mermaid Stay! is a celebration of the animated film’s 30th anniversary. There will probably be dwell musical performances by a star-studded forged that will probably be interwoven into the printed of the unique function movie. “So what our beautiful venture is doing is it’s actually a celebration of each the unique animation after which dwell performances of the music itself,” Auli’i continued. “So it’s really a beautiful mixture of celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid. And that’s actually particular to me as a result of my administrators, Ron Clements and John Musker, directed each Moana and The Little Mermaid.”
Whereas Auli’i is so excited to sing “A part of Your World,” she will be able to’t wait to see Queen Latifah, 49, as Ursula. “I’m actually, actually excited to listen to ‘Poor Unlucky Souls,’” Auli’i continued. “I can’t think about what Queen Latifah’s going to deliver to that position. She is simply oozing confidence. I can’t wait to see it.” Auli’i additionally admitted that there’s a little little bit of stress in terms of performing dwell. “My actually solely dwell factor I’ve completed was the Oscars,” she stated. “I don’t imply to brag like that, however that was on such an exquisite, giant scale and I used to be nervous and I form of received hit on the again of the top with a flag. So I’m trying ahead to this dwell efficiency, however I might be mendacity if I didn’t say I had a little bit little bit of nerves.”
Auli’i has already met the unique Ariel — the one and solely Jodi Benson, 57. “She’s great,” the actress revealed. “She’s really been one in every of my massive sister princesses. She sat me down, I bear in mind, the final time I noticed her at D23 and she or he stated, ‘Simply prepare. That is your legacy. You’ll without end be Moana and buckle up, Buttercup, as a result of it will observe you for the remainder of your life.’” And now I get to play Ariel. So I’m sending her all my love.” Halle Bailey, 19, has been forged as Ariel within the live-action Disney movie and Auli’i had nothing however wonderful issues to say. “I like her casting,” Auli’i instructed HollywoodLife. “I can’t wait to see what she brings to the position. I’m grateful to be taking part in Ariel, so I can’t wait to see what she does as properly.”
Auli’i Cravalho will play Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid Stay!’
As for Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid dwell occasion, Auli’i stated, “Anybody and everybody. In the event that they’ve received the voice and so they’ve received that appeal, go for it.” Shaggy, 50, will play Sebastian. The Little Mermaid Stay! will air Nov. 5 on ABC.