Nicole Scherzinger lends voice to ‘Moana’s’ mother, Sina

Best known as the lead singer of one of the best-selling girl groups of all-time Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger now breathes life to Moana’s playful and strong-willed mother, Sina, in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th animated feature “Moana.”

Also featuring the voices of Dwayne Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho, “Moana” is a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people.

Moana’s mother always has her back. Playful, sharp and strong-willed, Sina appreciates Moana’s longing to be on the water. But much like Tui, her hard-headed husband, Sina wants to protect her daughter from the fabled dangers beyond the reef. Above all, Sina trusts Moana to make the right decisions.

“Sina reminds me of all the women in my family—my ohana,” says Scherzinger. “She’s fun, she’s playful, but she’s also very strong. I feel like she’s the backbone of a family, as women often are.”

“She is very loving and caring,” adds head of animation Amy Smeed, “but also has a little spunk to her which comes through in Village Song in the way she bounces as she sings.”

Scherzinger is a Grammy®-nominated triple threat. She has accrued No. 1 singles on both sides of the Atlantic, selling 37 million singles worldwide, 16 million records as a solo artist and a staggering 54 million albums as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls. The incredibly accomplished singer, dancer and television personality stars as Penny in the highly anticipated “Dirty Dancing” remake for ABC. Scherzinger teamed up with Neil Patrick Harris to co-host his new NBC primetime variety series “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.” Harris previously directed Scherzinger in a special engagement of the Tony® Award-winning musical “Rent” at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, for which she received rave reviews for her performance as Maureen.

The “X Factor” judge (both the U.S. & UK versions of the show) has also made a name for herself on the West End stage. By far one of her greatest recent achievements was a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Award for her debut performance as Grizabella in a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats.” In a BBC radio interview, Webber called Scherzinger’s recording of the famed hit single “Memory” the “best recording of anything of my music ever done.”

Outside of her work in the entertainment industry, Scherzinger is an ambassador for UNICEF and a global ambassador for the Special Olympics.

Opening across the Philippines on November 30, 2016, “Moana” is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

WATCH: ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ expands world in new trailer

Enter a secret world and see the Smurfs through new eyes in the new trailer for Columbia Pictures’ upcoming adventure comedy “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” Check out the trailer below.

The newest entry in the Columbia Pictures movie franchise that has grossed more than $900 million globally, “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is set to open across the Philippines on May 10, 2017.

Clumsy (voiced by Jack McBrayer), Hefty (Joe Manganiello, center) and Brainy (Danny Pudi, with glasses) in “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” which arrives in theaters in March 2017. (Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures)
Clumsy (voiced by Jack McBrayer), Hefty (Joe Manganiello, center) and Brainy (Danny Pudi, with glasses) in “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” which arrives in theaters on May 10, 2017. (Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures)

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

“Smurfs: The Lost Village” stars Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf. Also starring are triple Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) as the sweet, awkward and honest-to-a-fault Clumsy, who’s forever trying his best and missing the mark; Danny Pudi (“Community”) as book smart and geek proud Brainy, who’s long on knowledge, but short on inter-Smurf-onal skills; and Joe Manganiello (“True Blood,” “Magic Mike”) as the strong and super-positive Hefty, a loyal dynamo struggling with his hero complex.

The fully-animated return to the tone and style of the beloved comic book creations of Peyo is directed by Kelly Asbury (“Shrek 2,” “Gnomeo & Juliet”), produced by Jordan Kerner (“Charlotte’s Web,” “The Smurfs”) and co-produced by Mary Ellen Bauder (“Hotel Transylvania”), and executive produced by Raja Gosnell and Ben Waisbren.

Opening across the Philippines on May 10, 2017, “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.