Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho, Whom You Fell for at Last Night’s Oscars, to Star in Pilot for NBC’s Drama High

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Auli’i Cravalho was so locked-in during her live performance at last night’s Oscars that the girl barely even flinched when a flag dancer sideswiped her mid-song. The 16-year-old (yes, you read that correctly) star of Disney’s Moana was onstage at the Academy Awards to sing “How Far I’ll Go,” which was nominated for Best Original Song, and her poise in the spotlight was one of the evening’s most charming moments. Now, Deadline is reporting that Cravalho will go from animation to live action, having landed the lead role in the pilot for NBC’s Drama High. The potential series is based on a book of the same name about a high-school teacher named Lou Volpe, who ran an influential drama program in a working-class community. Cravalho will play Lilette, one of Volpe’s students, in her TV debut.

Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho to Star in NBC’s Drama High