Jun 2nd 2017 by beckerwp • 30 Questions • 172 Points
I am so honored and thrilled to be invited to join the amazing talents of this year’s National Memorial Day Concert. I will be joining co-hosts Joe Mantegna and Laurence Fishburne with musical guests including Renee Fleming, Scotty McCreery, Christopher Jackson from Broadway’s Hamilton and Jack Everly and the National Symphony Orchestra, to honor everyone who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Tune in on Sunday, May 28th at 8pm EST on PBS (better check your local listings!). Now…. Ask Me Anything!
What's sex like?
EDIT: So this is the first thing I get gold for, huh?
Outside of film and music, what big aspirations do you have in your personal life? (i.e, plant a garden, get a pilot's license, etc etc).
See previous AMA for answer, but basically things still "work" pretty much like normal - sometimes it takes a little blue pill to get things "going" but for the rest of the story, your mom and dad should have told you how that works a long time ago.
I'm really interested in microbiology, and law! The possibilities after graduating from high school are endless.
What's your favorite meme?
If I'm by myslef I've Uber'd with no problems. The drivers are always super helpful getting my chair in the trunk and stuff. Usually when we travel we rent a car from Hertz - no issues getting hand controls on a car.
As for airlines, we LOVE Southwest, the planes are always super easy to get to the front row in our regular chairs without the need of a special isle chair
Kermit. Sipping tea. Dishing the tea.
How awesome is Lin Manuel Miranda? Did he get you Hamilton tickets?
He. Is. AMAZING!!!! So sweet, so smart, he also gives realllly good hugs.
First of all, I'd just like to say amazing work on Moana! You've got incredible talent for one so young (I can't believe you're younger than me by a few months!!) Now for my question. Do you have a life motto? If so, what is it?
Thank you so so much. As of right now, my life motto is stay grounded and stay appreciative. I think it's something I can always work on, so it'll grow with me over time.
I miss the island so much since moving to the mainland. Your performance in Moana brought me back to Hawaii - and it was mostly because of your vocals.
Can you tell me how you put yourself and your heritage into the character of Moana?
Edit: Also, gotta ask: Loco Moco or Hamburger Steak and where from?
Aloha! Growing up in Hawai'i, as well as attending a school firmly rooted in Polynesian teachings, I was able to bring my life experiences into my performance.
Definitely Hamburger Steak. Rainbow Drive-In. YUMMEH.
Congratulations on being the first Polynesian Disney princess! It's really amazing that little girls can look up to someone who looks more like them which was something I never had when I was young. What's your favourite dessert?
Thank you so much! It's so important to have heroines our younger generation can look up to. I know being 16 myself, I look up to Moana as well! ALSOOO.... (this is a VERY hard question btw) Key Lime Pie. :)
Where is your favorite place to go out and enjoy in Hawaii?
If I'm not at home chilling, you can find me at the beach :)
Performing at the Oscars will be something I will never forget. I still vividly remember being SO. NERVOUS!!! It was a new experience working through those nerves and giving everything to my performance, and it worked out pretty well!
What was your and your family/friends reaction when you were cast as a lead in a Disney animated film as your first major acting role? Had to feel insane. Thanks!
There was a fair amount of screaming, I can tell you that. My family and friends are incredibly supportive, I love them to bits.
How exactly do you pronounce your name? And what are the worst pronunciation of it you've had?
OW - like you stubbed your toe LEE - Like Bruce Lee and add another EE
Coolest place you've ever travelled to? Haven't seen moana yet but your singing at oscars was great!
London! I worked on my accent on the plane over and everything.
P.S. Moana is coming to Netflix!!! Check it out!!!
How has being cast as Moana changed your life? This is my four year old daughters favorite movie right now (and mine too)!
My life has certainly changed. While I am still a student, I now do my studies in places other than a classroom. I have been able to travel around the world, and meet wonderful people as well. So so grateful!!
"Blow dart in my butt cheek." from Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.
Where do you think Moana ranks out of all the Disney movies?
I mean, I'm not asking you to talk smack about Home on the Range or anything, but everyone has a favourite...
I might be a little biased, but I'd say it's pretty high up there.
ONE TIME I MET THIS BABY (I'd say around 3 years old) AND HE WAS CRYING SUPER SUPER HARD AND HIS PARENTS WERE LIKE "omg you're about to meet Moana can you please relax and take a nice picture" AND HE DID. LIKE FULLY STOPPED CRYING AND LOOKED UP AT ME WITH HIS FACE AND WAS LIKE "Moana?" AND. I. LOVED IT.
Hi Auli'i! I'm about to eat breakfast and I want your expert opinion: pancakes or waffles?
WAFFLES WAFFLES WAFFLLEEEES
Pineapple. I'm a total 'Pineapple on Pizza' kind of person.
Do you think Moana represents a new kind of Disney movie, where the heroine doesn't need a love interest or to be pursuing/evading one? Did you get that impression while working on the movie?
I think Disney films are reflective of their times, and at this point in time we need heroes and heroines who take control of their story! I absolutely loved working on this film, and everything it stands for. <3
Hi Auli'i! I've been singing Moana on my way to class for so long now, thank you for making this movie magical!
As the newest Disney princess, what other Disney princess is your favorite and why? Thanks for doing the AMA!!
Mulan was my favorite Disney Princess growing up. I recognized from a young age that she was breaking gender roles, and I also really loved that she had a talking dragon as a friend.
After performing the national anthem, whats next on your bucket list?
Well after performing on the Oscars and performing the National Anthem, next thing on my bucket list is going skydiving.
Everyone's asking serious questions about your career. I just want to know, what's your favorite sandwich?
Grilled cheese. Made specifically by my mommy. Slightly burned.
What would you credit with being the source of your poise and composure? You performed so well at the Oscars, even with a slight flag-related mishap!
I hope great things await you in life!
I always make sure that I'm well practiced and prepared, but in the moments before I go out on stage I just remember to breathe. Phew.
What are you planning to do next career wise (other than sing the National Anthem)?
I'M IN A TV SHOWWWW!!!! It's new to NBC and it's called RISE!!!! If you can tell by the number of exclamation points, I AM SUPER-DE-DUPER EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!