***Disclosure: I attended The #DisneyFrozenEvent . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney and myself. All opinions are 100% mine. Pictures by Disney Momstart.***
For our interview with Kristen Bell we were in the dungeons (aka green room) of the El Capitan Theater. We were all patiently waiting and her comes Kristen. A bubbly ball of excitement that was contagious. Not only was she beautiful, but she was easy going. It was like chatting with your girlfriend. The only thing missing was our PJs! Snippets of Interview Below:
Q: How did you get involved in the project?
KB: 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. The reality is I auditioned for Tangled and after my audition the casting director pulled me aside and she said, oh that was great and if we go another way, which I think she knew they were, 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.
And what’s funny is that she said, and he said, because I had lunch with him in the Disney commissary that afternoon and he said, it’s a much more traditional Disney musical. That was the pitch and obviously I said, when he actually offered me the part, I said yes, and did a series of readings. I think this is the most untraditional musical they’ve ever done [LAUGHTER] I mean which is kind of funny because that was his original intention, but the script has morphed so much. It kind of told us what it wanted to be.
Q: Did the musical aspect of it, singing, scare you?
KB: No, that 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. I love musical theater so, so, so much. I’d done a couple Broadway musicals and I try to keep music as relevant as possible and I, and it really just makes- it puts me in a mental state of happiness like nothing else, I think. Really like nothing else, maybe now other than the kid.
So I was so eager to get my hands on being a part of a musical again. Especially for the two people who I think have modernized musical theater these days Bobby and Kristen Lopez, because I think as, even as like much of a musical theater freak as I am, it did hit a plateau of becoming a little oh, I’ve seen that kind of musical. Just flat. Ihadn’t seen a musical I had liked in a really long time, and then I saw Book of Mormon and my head exploded, you know, [LAUGHTER] it’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), who also wrote the screenplay. It is produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 27, 2013. For more information, check out Disney.com/Frozen, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyFrozen and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/DisneyAnimation.
Q: What did you do to prepare?
KB: Uh, I didn’t at all. I came in with so many ideas, because this was not how the movie was written 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. Then they were sisters and then they weren’t. Then they had Elsa and Anna. I think they just tried to figure out what worked the best for telling the themes of the story while using the Christian Andersen, um, fairy tale as an outline.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do going in, I was like, I don’t want her to have good posture, I don’t want her to like have dreamed of holding a sword her whole life. 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. And [LAUGHTER] puts her foot in her mouth and is goofy, but really kind of likes people and being social and being positive.
I really wanted her to also be proactive and to be the driving force of the movie. Not just be the damsel that needs someone else, you know. Like that she wants to- oh, you guys haven’t seen it, spoiler alert. [OVERLAPPING CONVERSATION, [LAUGHTER] You’ll seesee these characteristics, because she’s not, she’s not this, and she’s not like this in the corner either. she’s not rough and tumble, and she’s not the girl who has her hair braided by birds. She’s really goofy, she’s who I felt like I was when I was a kid.
Q: Were you intimidated about singing with Idina?
KB: 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.
Q: Speaking of Veronica Mars, what does it feel like to come back ten years later and the fan base is still there?
KB: It’s the most flattering thing ever, I can’t imagine anything more flattering. I held onto this character because I love it, but I don’t know if my views line up with everybody else’s or my tastes. I loved the show as an audience member even though I was involved in it, again, that’s weird to say, that you like like your own work. It wasn’t because of me, it was because Rob’s writing it, it was because of a feel of the show, the tone and everyone else that was involved.
Rob and I had so many discussions because we always are asked, is there going to be a Veronica Mars movie? While we were plowing through to try to get it done, he kept saying, what if we’re listening to the same twenty people that watch our Veronica Mars show and they’re just loud on Twitter, and we’re going to be screwed. We’re going to make eighty nine dollars and be so embarrassed. I was like, first of all who cares, then we’ll have eighty nine dollars and we’ll make the movie. Second of all I just felt the reality is every journalist that I am interviewed by in the last seven or eight years has said, will there be a Veronica Mars movie.
Your job as journalists is to represent the movie that are reading your blogs, or media outlets, or whatever, so clearly people want to know the answer. And that’s how it came, that’s how I convinced them, but the response was overwhelming. It blew us out of the water. I remember this, I still don’t even think it’s real. [LAUGHTER] It was a great experience and everybody getting back together and we all have kids now, so it’s like, Mini Me’s running around. Mini Logan and Mini Veronica and it was just cute. And Mini Wallace, it was [LAUGHTER]
Kristen also gave us samples and talked about This Bar Saves Lives:
Ryan Devlin started this company called This Spark Saves Lives, which is essentially the Tom’s Shoes but for food. Every bar that’s purchased donates a life saving nutritional packet to a child in need. We partnered with this company called Plumpy Nut, which is what Save the Children uses.