From Snow White to Tiana, Disney princesses have served as fictional role models for generations of young girls. In the animated film “Frozen,” Kristen Bell plays the voice of the new female-positive princess Anna. In an interview with the Huffington Post, the 33-year-actress dished on how she uniquely crafted her character in the modern classic.
“When I got this role, it was very early on and they hadn’t really solidified the story. It had changed — it had so many different generations since we worked on it — but at one of my first sessions, I said I really wanted to make Anna the anti-princess princess,” she revealed. “I don’t want to play a girl with good posture. I want to play the girl who talks too fast and speaks before she thinks, and who is not graceful but is really adventurous and eternally optimistic. I want to play the girl who I wanted to see when I was little.”
During the interview, the new mom stressed that she wanted to create a character that resonated with modern audience of “goofy” girls. While Princess Anna changed over the course of the film’s production, Bell admitted she was happy with the final product.
“I like her so much. She’s me! She’s who I wanted to see,” she said. “She’s really who I, as a little girl, wanted on the screen for me. Someone who was goofy and bizarre and makes silly and dorky decisions, just like I did.”
“I’m excited that this will be a movie my daughter will see and that it’s modernized,” she added, shifting the subject to her 8-month-old daughter Lincoln. “In case she’s as goofy as I was when I was a kid, she’ll be able to have someone to look up to.”
As for herself, the actress confessed her favorite childhood princess was Ariel of the “Little Mermaid.”
“There was something a little different about her, because she was a fish,” she explained. “Also, she was a red head. I favor uniqueness.”