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Auli'i Cravalho Opens Up About Her Upcoming Show 'Rise'!

Auli'i Cravalho Opens Up About Her Upcoming Show 'Rise'!

Auli’i Cravalho is about to Rise up – and we can’t wait to watch!

The 17-year-old Moana actress and singer talked about her upcoming show during the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on Tuesday (January 9) in Pasadena, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Auli’i Cravalho

Auli’i stars in the upcoming NBC musical drama, which debuts on March 13.

The show is about an earnest high-school drama coach who recruits a reluctant football player to appear in the controversial school musical, Spring Awakening. Auli’i plays a student actor, Lilette Suarez.

“Part of me was able to relate to her pain, and her mother who just wanted the best for her,” she said during the press tour.

Jason Katims, Damon J. Gillespie, Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez and executive producers Jeffrey Seller and Flody Suarez all appeared on the panel.

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When Do 'Arrow' 'Shadowhunters' 'Riverdale' & More Return? Find Out Here!

When Do 'Arrow' 'Shadowhunters' 'Riverdale' & More Return? Find Out Here!

We’re just two days into 2018, but we already can’t wait for all our favorite shows to return — but just WHEN is that?!

When will we actually get to see if the Black Hood killer on Riverdale was really Mr. Svenson or if Barry Allen will be convicted on The Flash?

And can we please talk about all this steaminess going on between Holden and Willa on Beyond? It’s been a full year since we’ve seen that show and we need to see it all now.

Click inside now to find out when your favorite show comes back…

'Life Sentence', 'Rise' & 3 More Shows To Get Excited About in 2018

'Life Sentence', 'Rise' & 3 More Shows To Get Excited About in 2018

The 2018 Television season is just a few days away and while we’re eagerly waiting for our faves to return, we have a handful of new shows that we can’t wait to premiere.

So, while we’re counting down the days until The Flash, Riverdale, Henry Danger, and other shows, we’re getting really excited about these five new shows expected to premiere next year.

Which new show are you looking forward to the most?

Click inside now to see which shows JJJ can’t wait for in 2018…

Shannon Purser Dishes On Her New NBC Show 'Rise': 'It's Not Like Glee'

Shannon Purser Dishes On Her New NBC Show 'Rise': 'It's Not Like Glee'

Just last week, it was revealed that Shannon Purser had joined Auli’i Cravalho in NBC’s Rise, and now she’s talking all about it!

Speaking with TVLine at the 2017 Emmy Awards last night, Shannon opened up about the feel of the show, which isn’t at all like Glee.

“I like to think of it as kind of like a Friday Night Lights with music,” Shannon says.

She continues, “It’s not like Glee in the sense that people burst into song. [When they do], it’s all within the confines of the musical that they’re putting on in high school.”

Shannon will also be singing in the show, too: “I get to sing, which I’ve been doing since I was little, so I’m excited about that.”

Shannon Purser Joins Auli'i Cravalho in NBC's 'Rise'!

Shannon Purser Joins Auli'i Cravalho in NBC's 'Rise'!

Shannon Purser is heading to NBC for Rise!

The actress, who shot to fame on Stranger Things and Riverdale, has joined the upcoming series, as confirmed by a tweet from show creator Jason Katims.

“Act One, Scene One. The table read. #Rise,” he wrote on Twitter with a full cast pic, which includes Shannon, right next to Moana star Auli’i Cravalho.

While we don’t know if Shannon’s role is recurring or a one time thing, we’re still really excited for her!

Rise, based on the book “Drama High”, follows a teacher and family man who takes over his school’s lackluster theater department. In the process, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town.

Shannon is also pictured at the Torrid fashion show during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday (September 12).

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