I recently attended the Press Junket for Moana, you guys know that because you’ve been reading my interviews for Moana. Hopefully by now you’ve seen the movie, if you haven’t you need to get out there and go see it. It’s amazing and getting the best reviews. Plus the music is spectacular and I listen to it on my phone every single day. We were lucky enough to snag an extra interview with the lovely Nicole Scherzinger (voice of “Sina”), Moana’s mother in the movie. I really enjoyed her interview, she was soft spoken beautiful and reminded me that people that are from Hawaii truly know what “family” is. She has like 76 cousins. But not only that Island life is something I would love to experience some time. Another thing that I love most is how much culture they have and how proud they are of their culture. She didn’t “want” to be part of this movie instead she “HAD” to be part of this movie.
“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 going to be about the Polynesian people. I don’t think Disney ever really did a film like that. I know they touched upon it in Lilo and Stitch, but I know like people from my family were like, no, that’s like the fake kind. You know. So, um, and plus I didn’t want to go back home and hear from family and hear, how come you’re not in Moana?”
“And I’m just so proud that Disney did, um, did right by us. By- by the Polynesian people. And stayed true to our culture, where we come from, our- our mono, our power, our- our people, our lifeline and,” um, just told a beautiful story about a young girl.”
Moana isn’t your typical princess movie, it’s about girl that doesn’t need a guy. She doesn’t even need Maui he was helpful but she learned about herself and that she could accomplish. Nicole talked about this just a bit, as she plays Moana’s mother.
It wasn’t a love story, it was a heroine story about a young girl’s journey, which we can all relate to about, um, you know, discovering who we really are and what we’re meant for. What our purpose and our destiny is. And that’s a beautiful story, and then I have the honor of playing Moana’s mother, Sina. And they’re trying to give me like – with some of her lines they’re- it’s very simple but it’s very telling in the lines. And they’re trying to give me the back story. And I was like, please, I lived this, I lived with my mother and my tutu, which means grandmother in Hawaiian. In our culture, the men are the head of the household but the women are the backbone. They are everything. They are the strength. They keep it together. And in my family, my tutu, her mother had twenty-one births. Or twenty-two births, and then eighteen children that survived, and that’s just from my tutu. And then my mother, she had ten kids and then so on and so on. My tutu already has like seventy-five grandchildren and great grandchildren combined. So we have a really, really big family at home.
She goes on to say that it was her mother and grandmother that she was able to pull from as inspiration for this character.
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. I think I brought some, anything that I do, I think artists do, you draw from personal connection and I think she says a line. She says, “Moana, sometimes who you are or who you want to be it just doesn’t- it’s not meant to be”. I drew from that experience and I drew from my mother. I know that, oh my gosh, I can’t cry. I’m sorry. A moment here. I’m very emotional. I haven’t slept. Just flew in from London and I’m like thinking about my family. But I know that my mom and my tutu and all the women in my family have sacrificed everything for their children. They’re just, selfless. And it’s not to be like, hey, I’m selfless. That’s just who the women in my family are. And when I listened- when I thought of that line I really thought of my mother and my tutu and how, sometimes who you are or who you wish you could be. I’m sure they had their own dreams and their own aspirations.
She talked so much about family which I really loved.
You know how families grow, and they get married, and some migrate to different parts of the world. Or I have a lot of family here in America in the U.S., But mainly most of them are on the Island. You know when people come from an island, they usually stay on the Island. A lot of them haven’t even been outside of the Island. So, yeah, so I’m pretty much related to all of Oahu. My mother had me at a very young age. She was pregnant with me when she was seventeen and had me when she was eighteen, and she raised me on her own. And then my tutu and papa -that’s from grandmother and grandfather, they helped raise me as well. And then my mother met my father, which is why I got the last name Scherzinger, it’s my adopted last name. She had to move to the states for my tutu and papa, my papa was in the Marines to help raise me. And then when I said as soon as I grew up and was able to afford it, I would move my mom back home. So, as soon as I was making some dollars, I moved my mom back home and so my mom and dad are in Hawaii again next to my tutu and papa ‘cause they have to have their kids around.
Moana is now playing in theaters