Disclosure: This event and trip to LA was an all expense paid journey sponsored by Disney. All thoughts, ideas, and ramblings are 100% my own!
As you all know, I was able to preview Frozen last week. You saw my red carpet premiere Frozen photos on Friday. However, before I even got to do that, I was able to interview Kristen Bell.
Now, you know how she looks totally normal and down to earth when you see on tv? She’s the same way in person. We could have literally talked to her all day long! She was so nice. Here are a few of the questions we got to ask her:
How did you get involved in the Frozen project?
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 she said, oh 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. What’s funny is that she said it’s a much more traditional Disney musical. I think this is the most untraditional musical they’ve ever done! (We all laughed at that point!)
Did singing scare you?
No, that was what incited me to want to do it, because I studied music in college. I trained operatically when I was a little girl, and I love musical theater so much. I’ve done a couple Broadway musicals and I try to keep music as relevant as possible. It really just puts me in a mental state of happiness like nothing else, I think. Really like nothing else. Um, maybe now other than the kid.
What did you do to prepare?
I didn’t at all. I came in with so many ideas, because this was not how the movie was written at all. First, they were sisters and then they weren’t. Then I think they just tried to figure out what worked the best for telling the themes of the story while using the Christian Andersen 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 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, puts her foot in her mouth and is goofy, but really kind of likes people and being social and positive.
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, because I like it so much. I’m a huge fan of animation and I’m swept away by this story. When I watched Gossip Girl, it was a tiny bit like playing your own answering machine over and over and over again. That’s kind of what it felt like to me because I don’t love the sound of my own voice. 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.
You said you’re opinionated. Is there a role you’ve done that is more you?
Wow, well all my roles have been aspects of my personality, sans a few. I mean the role I’m currently playing on House of Lies is not like me at all, neither really is Sarah, the one you think of. Sarah Marshall wasn’t really. Veronica Mars was close to the snarky darker side of me, that’s about as dark as I’ll get. This is a caricature of me for sure. This is definitely closer to who I am. This is who I was as a kid, for sure.
I made a movie with my husband last year called The Hit and Run and that’s probably the closest to me and maybe the most- the truest because he wrote it knowing I was going to play it, so he wrote it as me. I think somewhere between Anna, Annie in Hit and Run, and Veronica Mars is this version of myself. It depends on the day that you wake me up in. (We all laughed.)
Kristen Bell also told us about a great company she’s involved with: This Bar Saves Lives. Every bar that is purchased a portion of the proceeds goes to a non-profit organization that makes packets of food for needy children. They tasted great (yes, she brought us some!), and it’s a great cause I wanted to pass along to you!
What questions would you have asked Kristen Bell? What surprised you most about her answers?