“Frozen,” Disney’s first animated Thanksgiving entry since 2010’s “Tangled,” reveals Kristen Bell’s “best kept secret” — her singing voice.
“Although to me it doesn’t feel like one,” the 33-year-old actress and new mom said last week from her Los Angeles home. “I trained operatically when I was a little girl and I’ve always gravitated toward anything and everything that made music.”
Bell left New York University years ago to make her Broadway debut in a Tom Sawyer musical but considers “Frozen,” a very free adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” as “really the first time I bring singing to a role.”
She’s Anna, the upbeat younger sister to tormented Elsa (Broadway’s “Wicked” star Idina Menzel), the newly crowned queen of their tiny kingdom.
“Elsa has something that makes her different from everybody else, which is this power she can freeze things and she can’t always control it,” Bell said.
“It’s what makes her unique and she’s been told her whole life, ‘Don’t let people see it.’ It’s a metaphor for enjoying what makes us all unique.”
Anna, she pointed out, “accepts and loves her sister above everything else. The message is believing in someone even when they don’t believe in themselves — and fighting for them.”
Anna also finds some unexpected truths about life.
“She’s an unbridled optimist. That’s what makes her so charming — she’s always happy.
“What’s so funny,” she continued, “this story for Disney is the most untraditional story they’ve ever done. It’s so not about a damsel in distress, it’s not about a tomboy, it’s not about romantic love. It’s a sharp right turn, story-wise.”
Bell, mother of 6-month-old daughter Lincoln with husband Dax Shepard, just finished the Veronica Mars movie and is wrapping the third season of her Showtime series “House of Lies.”
How does she manage marriage, motherhood, a movie and a series? “Carefully,” she said.
“I have a very good support system. Dax and I try to always have at least someone not working. Our sister watches the baby while we’re at work.
“Really every minute I’m not working, I’m with her. We’re eating lunch together right now: I’m eating toast and she’s eating cauliflower. It’s a delicate balance.”