The new NBC series Rise centers on a dedicated high school teacher (Josh Radnor) who takes over the theater department and decides to mount a production of Spring Awakening. Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho is Lilette Suarez, the lead of the musical. In the video below, Cravalho talks about how her passion for singing as well as continuing journey as an actress.
Lilette (Auli’i Cravalho) was raised by a single mother who is struggling to make ends meet as a waitress in the Pennsylvania town, and she has her share of disagreements with her mother. In real life, the actress has a much different relationship to her mom.
“I’ve grown up really understanding the power of my voice with a loving mother who pushed me to pursue whatever it is I was really hoping to pursue,” said Cravalho. “And for that I will be eternally grateful. But no relationship is perfect and I think a lot of people will connect to the realism. Because nothing connects us more than heartache.”
In the video below, Cravalho talks about singing from birth, being a strong person in her family, and taking that emotion from singing and transitioning it into the acting world of Rise:
Rise’s series preview airs March 13 on NBC, (10 pm et/pt) and the program’s premiere is set for March 20.