My Interview With Disney Moana’s Nicole Scherzinger
I am back with another fun MOANA experience from my time in Los Angeles!
So far, I have shared my experience on the red carpet, 3 excellent reasons why you should see the movie, my interview with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Auli’i Cravalho, favorite MOANA products, THE BFG DVD/Blu-ray release, my set visit to ABC’s SPEECHLESS, interview with Lucy Dahl (daughter of Roald Dahl), Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas tv schedule and ABC’s Dr. Ken.
Today, I’m sharing a portion of my chat with Nicole Scherzinger, voice of “Sina” (mother of Moana) in Disney’s MOANA.
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes MOANA, a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i.
Why Nicole wanted to be a part of this project and how it came to be.
I felt I had to be a part of the project, and that’s because I’m from Hawaiian descent, so I knew that the movie, was gonna be about the Polynesian people. I don’t think Disney ever really did a film like that.
It’s the story of our people. Where we come from. I’m just so proud that Disney did right by us. By the Polynesian people. And stayed true to our culture, where we come from, our power, our people, our lifeline and, just told a beautiful story about a young girl.
It wasn’t a love story, it was a heroine story about a young girl’s journey, which we can all relate to about. Discovering who we really are and what we’re meant for. What our purpose and destiny is. And that’s a beautiful story, and then I have the honor of playing Moana’s mother, Sina.
You’ve done a lot of live performances between music and the theater. How is this in comparison?
From a little girl I always performed live, and I was fortunate enough to go to a performing arts school. I did a lot of theater, and a lot of musical theater. The stage is my favorite place to be, really musical theater is. I just finished doing Cats a year ago in the west and I was supposed to be doing it on Broadway. I wanna go back to the theater when the time is right. But I do love being in the recording studio as well touring. Doing this movie was such a new experience for me because I’ve never been an animated character.
When you’re acting, you’re acting to not the other actor or the character, you’re acting with another person giving you the lines. You have to just imagine everything. To be so creative in your head. They show you these sketched out drawings of your character in the scene. You just have to kinda close your eyes and put yourself there and be extra animated. I thought it was hilarious because they had cameras all throughout the whole recording studio because it makes sense, you know.
In terms of your character, Sina, was there a certain thing that you brought more into the character from your person self?
It was interesting because in the script they had a couple different readings, like different ways they wanted to get the story across. Especially the part where she’s trying to explain to her daughter, that you can’t go be on the reef. Trying to explain because your father’s been there and he’s had a great loss and he’s just trying to protect you.
We have made sacrifices for the better. Or what we think is for the better. Right? I think in the end she does know that she trusts Moana and allows her to go and find her destiny.
Guess what? MOANA IS IN THEATERS NOW!!!
Disclosure: Disney sponsored travel, accommodations, and activities during my stay in Los Angeles.