Idina Menzel wishes she had never told the people who wrote “Let It Go” to make it louder. The 51-year-old actress lent her voice to Queen Elsa in the 2013 animated Disney musical “Frozen.” She was given the now-classic song “Let It Go” to record for the movie, but she was worried that she sounded too “mature” for her 21-year-old character, so she asked the composers to change the pitch, which has made it harder to sing the song live ever since.
She said, “I knew it was a big deal and a great opportunity to be a Disney princess, to be welcomed into the Disney family, and to be in a musical, but I had no idea it would become such a big deal.”
“So, I came in once and sang it, and I came back a second time because they had added another part and changed some of the lyrics. I realized that my voice was too old to really sound like the young woman in the movie, so I asked them to change it. I don’t know why I did that, because when I’m on tour around the world with a cold, I just want to kill myself.”
The “Enchanted” star, who played Elsa again in the 2019 movie “Frozen II” and created the role of Elphaba in the Broadway hit “Wicked,” said that she is “glad” that the character now sounds “more vulnerable,” but when she watches the movie now, she always wonders why she asked for the changes.
She said to CNN: “But I said, “Let’s take it up a half-step and see how it sounds,” because when I sing it, it sounds a little bit more innocent and younger. I was thinking, “Jeez, what was I thinking?” as I watched it just now. But I’m glad, because she sounds a little bit younger and more open.”