Josh Gad sits down to talk about Olaf and Frozen 2
Venturing into the unknown, even for a strong queen like Elsa, calls for courage, passion, grit, imagination—and a little magic.
Much like the first film, which was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” “Frozen 2” embraces the tenants of fairy tales and stories within mythology that were often written to explain the inexplicable. The all-new story takes place three years after the conclusion of the first movie: Elsa is queen and Anna is happy to have everyone she loves—Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven—under one roof. The bond between sisters is strong—and anchors the story.
It’s been a little over three years since Elsa made OLAF, and with his new permafrost, courtesy of Elsa’s magic, he can really enjoy summer. His bond with his family—Anna,Elsa, Kristoff and Sven—is as close as ever. He’s absolutely fascinated with the various wonders of life: Did you know that men are six times more likely to be struck by lightning than women? And did you know that water has memory? With his new curiosity for
knowledge, and his “stop-and-smell-the-flowers” approach to life, Olaf is a source of hope in dark times.
“What I find so endearing and wonderful is the collaborative spirit that allows me to play,” says Gad. “The directors are never precious about their dialogue. They’re never precious about their ideas. They want the
artists to get in there to talk through those ideas and fully explore them. They are always willing to hear input and see what works as they strive to never settle for anything. That is a luxury that you don’t often find.”
Our reporter Jackie Diaz got to hang out with Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf, to discuss how Olaf in Frozen 2.