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Auli’i Cravalho is certainly owning her time in the spotlight!

You know you’ve got serious chops when Lin-Manuel Miranda opens for you. The 16-year-old Moana star blew everyone away with her performance on Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony. She performed “How Far I’ll Go,” nominated for Best Song at the prestigious award show.

Although the song did not win, Lin-Manuel shared his pride for the actress, which bordered on a “proud dad” moment. Swoon.

Can’t get enough of Auli’i? Well, she’s back and coming to a TV near you!

According to Deadline, the actress is slated to star in a new drama pilot on NBC

Entitled Drama High, the show is created by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) and Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton). The show centers on a passionate high school drama department that is spearheaded by an extraordinary teacher who inspires the entire town. Cravalho will play one of the drama students.

Anyone else getting Glee vibes?

Auli’i Cravalho landed her Moana gig after auditioning against hundreds of other young actresses. The Hawaiian-native originally didn’t plan on auditioning because she thought the competition was too stiff but after a talent agent discovered her and encouraged her, she went out for the role. She was obviously completing shocked when she was offered the chance to be the next Disney princess. We’re so excited she did because she’s clearly a born star!

To hold you over until the show premieres, check out this video of Auli’i discussing her role as Moana.

Adorable overload.

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