In a new interview with the Wrap, Auli’i shared, “It feels really important to me to pass the baton to the next young woman of Pacific Island descent, and I say that with my whole chest.”
“I have been invited, and I exist in these beautiful AAPI spaces, Asian American Pacific Islander, and I am one of the few Pacific Islanders. And I’ll say it again, I am one of the few Pacific Islanders. And our stories are so important to be told.”
“We are used. And I want to tell our own stories. I want to be behind the camera as much as I am in front of it. When I talk about representation, I want to see the same thing happening in writers rooms. I want to see the same thing happening with directors.”
“Taika Waititi talks about this as well. I wanna see showrunners who are also of Indigenous descent telling their own stories.”
“And if it has to start with me — I’m 23, but if it starts with me, so be it. I want that door to swing wide open, and I cannot wait to meet the next Moana,” she concluded.
Yes to all of this! Cheers to more Pacific Islander representation, both in front of and behind the camera!