Disney’s Frozen will be in theaters November 27th and part of the reason you should go see it is because of Kristen Bell. Kristen Bell is so cute and sweet with lots of heart. She also has spunk and humor and it’s her spunk, heart and humor that carries over into Princess Anna the character she plays in Frozen. The sidekick shouldn’t get all the puns right?
How did you get involved in the project?
Well, I’ve always wanted to be in a Disney animated feature like since I was four years old or five years old. It was the first goal I had ever set for myself. I auditioned for Tangled and after my audition the casting director pulled me aside and said, “That was great and if we go another way, I want you to meet Chris Buck because he’s directing a project that’s a few years down the line called “The Snow Queen,” and I think you’d be right for it.
Did the musical aspect of the movie scare you?
No, that is was what incited me to want to do it, because I studied music in college and I trained operatically when I was a little girl, and I love musical theater. I’d done a couple Broadway musicals and I try to keep music as relevant as possible. I was so eager to get my hands on being a part of a musical again.
What did you do to prepare?
I didn’t at all. The inception of the script was much different than this script we have now. It went through quite a few rewrites and finding everything, ’cause originally they were mother and daughter. I knew exactly what I wanted to do going in. I didn’t want her to have good posture. I didn’t want her to be one or the other of the archetypes that I was used to seeing. I just wanted her to be who I wanted to see on screen when I was little, which is someone who talks too much and too fast.
You’re on Gossip Girl and now you’re animated, how is that different?
I can pull myself out of it when I watch this animation. When I watched Gossip Girl, it was a tiny bit like playing your own answering machine over and over and over again – that automated voice on your answering machine that everybody has. That’s kind of what it felt like to me because I don’t love the sound of my own voice. So, it’s much nicer to be able to pay attention to a story line as well and not go like, “Wow, I sound so screechy.” Not pick myself apart, you know.
Were you intimidated about singing with Idina?
Yes. She’s the best singer on the planet. She was lovely. I think there’s a part of her that knows what she brings to the table, even though it would never come across. She did her best to make me feel like safe and confident ’cause I was kind of like a little jittery. We’d have rehearsals at her house at her piano in her living room and it was intense. She’s a dreamboat.
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