Josh Gad Talks Disney’s ‘Frozen’ and Being the Hottest Snowman Around
Josh Gad. Photo by Jason Merritt, Getty Images.
Such is the predicament of Josh Gad, who finds himself in the midst of quite the run lately and having trouble keeping track of just what film he's promoting. Good thing Yahoo Movies was there to remind Gad when we spoke over the phone last week to get the inside scoop on "Frozen," Disney's upcoming animated winter wonder.
"Frozen" tells the story of Anna (Kristen Bell), who must travel across an icy countryside to face her sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen who has imprisoned the land in an endless winter. Aiding Anna on her quest is the ever-manly outdoorsman Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven, and the most personable snow man you've seen since Frosty, Olaf – voiced by Gad.
Gad's humorous and endearing recollection of his first Disney experience should be more than enough to get you excited for our exclusive trailer premiere tomorrow, September 26, at 12pm ET/9am PT. In turn, tomorrow's trailer should get you even more pumped to see "Frozen" in theaters on November 27.
Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad, in Disney's 'Frozen.'
Where you coming to us from today?
Josh Gad: I am in Southern California, in my home. It's the first day I've been in my home for longer than an hour this week. I'm very excited. It's been a little insane, yeah.
How do you keep track of what you're promoting?
JG: Well, I got confused today because I've been promoting "Thanks for Sharing" all day long and I didn't realize until about a minute or two ago that this was for "Frozen." I think it would have been very awkward to promote "Frozen" with the same talking points as "Thanks for Sharing." It probably would have been a little bit of a mess, but I'm so excited to talk about "Frozen." I think it's such a gem, and I'm in love with everything that I've seen of it.
How does one prepare to play a snowman?
JG: I prepared by spending a couple of months in a meat locker, not all at once, I would just go in and kind of sit there and take it on. And then I realized that it was really unnecessary. So, I started just acting.
No, really, doing a voice in a Disney movie is kind of a dream come true for me. I've always been such a massive fan of those movies in general, the animated movies in particular. I grew up seeing "Little Mermaid," seeing "Aladdin," seeing "Lion King" – kind of in the Golden Age of Animation, or the Second Golden Age of Animation. I was a young and impressionable kid, and those movies to me we're part of the reason that I wanted to be in this. I remember seeing "Aladdin" and being blown away by Robin Williams as the Genie, and saying, “I want to do that one day. I really want to do that.” Or Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella in "Lion King" as Timon and Pumbaa. It looked so cool to be a part of that. And so, when I got the phone call I was like, "Are you kidding me?" I literally was screaming like a little girl.