On Friday nights, I like to go to hardcore, underground raves, and drink WKD after WKD as I pour neon paint down my naked, ripped torso.
But when I’m not doing that, I’m brushing off crumbs from my sad, little Byron Burger (which I ate alone), in order to prep for a FaceTime with actual Kristen Bell.
I caught up with the The Good Place star to chat about her upcoming indie project, Frozen 2.
Yeah – I hadn’t heard of it either. It’ll probably do okay-ish at the box office.
Kristen stated that the sequel was a lot more mature, ageing with its audience – the original Frozen was released in 2013. Yes, you’ve had ‘Let It Go’ stuck in your heads for six years, now.
“It’s different. You’ll see the colours are all different, because we’re outside of Arendelle,” she said. “You’ll meet a lot of new people, and see a lot of things you’ve not seen before. It’s way more adventurous than the first one was.”
The creators, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, apparently sought to make sure the movie, Frozen 2, grew with its audience. But that doesn’t mean the sequel loses its classic show tunes for angsty, emo music.
Assuring me that there were still singalong moments in Frozen 2, Kristen Bell said “I think [the songs] might be better.
“They gave us all amazing songs, and they made a smart decision that I will formally apologise for in advance. When ‘Let It Go’ hit so well, they said ‘shall we double-down on Idina?’, and they did. Idina has two epic, anthemic songs in this movie.”
Idina sings ‘Into the Unknown’ and ‘Show Yourself’ in Frozen 2, but it’s Jonathan Groff’s musical number, ‘Lost in the Woods’, which really steals the show. I won’t spoil the moment for you, but just think of a Disney animated version of… Bryan Adams. (That being a sentence I never thought I’d say.)
With Disney’s recent bout of making incredible live-action adaptations from its Animated Classics, I quizzed Kristen on who would get her blessing to play Anna in the inevitable remake. “There’s an actress named Mae Whitman, and she is one of the quirkiest people I know.
“She’s been, like, my first-born daughter since she was 20 years old. She would be my top pick. And she has a beautiful voice.”
Kristen was eager to open up about her other project with Disney, Encore!, which is currently streaming on Disney+ in the US. “I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of anything in my life.
“I thought it was the greatest idea when I heard it,” said the Encore! host. “Musical theatre was something that meant a lot to me in high school.
“We have casts who are millennials, and we have casts that are baby boomers and haven’t seen each other in 45 years,” she continued.
Frozen 2 – which is set for release on Friday, 22 November – see Anna and Elsa working together, three years after the original film, to uncover the origins of a mysterious siren’s call. Alongside Kristoff, Sven and Olaf, the gang embark on a new journey to save their kingdom. (I mean, if I lived in that kingdom, I reckon I’d have moved to a safer place by now. Just saying.)