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Casting Call: Actor for Feature Film "MOANA" - Role of [GRAMMA TALA]

Job Description: Walt Disney Studios is seeking a talented individual to play the role of Gramma Tala in the upcoming feature film, "MOANA." The character is described as an eccentric older woman who is deeply rooted in her Pacific Islander culture. She embodies the spirit of Motunui, dancing to her own rhythm and harboring an unwavering belief in the legends and myths of old. Her wit is as dry as the driftwood on the beaches, and she possesses the ability to answer questions with wisdom beyond her years. Gramma Tala is Moana's unconditional supporter, providing guidance and encouragement with warmth, humor, and a strong sense of mana.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Portray the character of Gramma Tala with authenticity and depth, bringing to life her unique traits and cultural background.
  • Demonstrate strong singing abilities and comic timing to effectively deliver the character's songs and humorous elements.
  • Collaborate with the director, cast, and crew to develop a compelling portrayal that resonates with audiences.
  • Participate in rehearsals and perform retakes as required by the director.
  • Engage with cultural consultants to ensure an accurate representation of Pacific Islander culture.


  • Female, 60s, Pacific Islander (or should be able to portray such characteristics convincingly).
  • Strong singing abilities are mandatory.
  • Comedic skills are essential; must be able to deliver humor effectively.
  • No acting experience is required, making this an excellent opportunity for new talent.
  • Must be willing to work in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreement.


  • Pay is subject to SAG-AFTRA contract terms and will be discussed upon application. The salary aligns with the industry standards for the role and experience level.
  • This is a supporting role, and compensation includes both a base salary and potential additional payments depending on the project's success.

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Telsey + Company
United States

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