Jonathan Groff: First Disney Prince Voiced by a Gay Actor
We're beyond excited for today's theatrical release of the new Disney musical adventure Frozen— and the fact that it features the voices of two Glee actors doesn't hurt. Plus, the film is a major first for a Disney animated film, and no, we're not referring to the fact that it's the first theatrical Disney movie to feature a wisecracking snowman. Although that is true.
Jonathan Groff— who played Jesse on Glee and is Lea Michele's (Rachel) real-life bestie — voices leading man Kristoff in the film, making him the first gay actor to ever voice a Disney prince. Way to go, J-Groff! Also rounding out the esteemed voice cast are Kristen Bell as Anna, Glee's Idina Menzel (Shelby) as Elsa the Snow Queen, and Book of Mormon's Josh Gad as the aforementioned talking snowman.
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"He’s not like your typical, skinny-legged jeans, Disney prince," Jonathan tells Out of Kristoff. "He’s a little thicker, he’s got my thighs. And that was before they knew I was cast already — maybe that’s how I got cast?" Don't you just love a self-deprecating hottie?
Jonathan says he grew up acting out Disney movies. "Aladdin came at the right time for me; when I was a little boy, and you had this scrappy, leading man that was funny and adventurous," he says. "Growing up, I used to be alone in my bedroom acting out Disney characters, and doing the job is the same thing, except this time, it’s actually for a Disney movie."
We can't wait to see Jonathan work his vocal magic in the film! And by the way, we would pay a lot of money to see footage of a young Jonathan acting out Disney movies. Just throwing that out there.