The fab (frozen) four are back! Well, almost. A new sneak peek of Frozen 2 brought together Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Goff to discuss the upcoming Nov. 22 premiere and share a few funny behind-the-scenes facts you haven’t heard before. You might say they really, ahem, let it go.
In an exclusive interview with E! News, Bell (Anna), Menzel (Elsa), Gad (Olaf) and Goff (Kristoff) opened up about what it was like working together on Disney’s now-iconic 2013 animated movie and its follow-up. Hilariously, Bell admitted she was more than a little nervous about meeting the Tony award-winning singer she’d have to share a duet with. “My first experience meeting Idina was terrifying,” Bell started, with Menzel adding that the introduction was to take place by Menzel’s piano as the pair warmed up to Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings.” So, yeah, Bell’s anxiety over that initial meeting tracks.
Gad pointed out how “pinch-yourself crazy” it is that kids today watch Frozen with the same hero worship these four felt about films like The Lion King and Aladdin growing up. Goff confessed, “It hasn’t sunk in yet.” And Bell hinted that Frozen 2 would be a new classic, too.
“The first Frozen did feel like there was something extra special,” she said as clips from Frozen 2 played (eek, it looks so good!). “And this new world of Frozen really expands and they go outside the walls of Arendelle on this very exciting adventure.” The follow-up takes place three years after the events of the first movie when Elsa starts to hear a strange sound from the north beckoning her. Naturally, the four — along with Sven the reindeer, of course — embark on a journey to answer this call and, ultimately, save Arendelle.
And hey, who knows? Maybe by the time the movie comes out and Bell has another animated classic under her belt, people will remember more specifics about her character. Because as she tells it, there’s currently a little confusion. “When people found out I was in Frozen, I’d be in a group of people and they’ll go, ‘Oh, and she’s in Frozen, she sings that song ‘Let It Go.’ And I’d always just go, ‘Yes, I do. Thank you very much,'” Bell recounted, eliciting laughter from Menzel and her other co-stars. “It was too awkward to explain to them, like, ‘No, I’m the other one,'” she joked.
On the plus side, last month Bell previewed a new song called “The Next Right Thing” that she’ll be singing in the sequel. So, the next time she’s identified by song, perhaps it’ll be by this one.