Idina Menzel’s 10-year-old son doesn’t care about Frozen, won’t let her sing in the car

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I’m not going to see Frozen 2 in the theater because my kid is 15, he’s not the target audience for this movie and I’m lucky if I can him to see a Marvel film with me. (Oh he’ll go, just with his friends. I would go to Frozen with my friends! None of them have expressed interest yet though.) I’m here for the promotion, especially from Idina Menzel. There’s something mesmerizing about her and I would love to see her headlining a Netflix series and/or romcom. People Magazine has a panel interview with the Frozen 2 cast including Idina, Kristen Bell, Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K Brown. Idina told a cute story about her son, Walker, who is ten and was a couple of years younger when she was filming this. He told her to stop practicing her songs in the car because it was annoying/embarrassing to him.

“I practiced the newest song and my eight-year-old son at the time comes in and goes “shut up!’

“Honestly he does not care about Frozen! When he was in kindergarten and wanted a couple of cool crayons from a girl, he was like, ‘Hey, my mom’s in Frozen, I could get you an autograph.’ But other than that, he tells me to shut up in the car. I’m not allowed to sing.”

[From People article and video]

I’ve told this hard-learned anecdote a few times now, so forgive me if it’s familiar to you. I’ve never heard a celebrity say their tween or teen child finds them impressive. Older kids are either embarrassed by, or at least disinterested in, their celebrity parents’ careers. They do appreciate it when their parent can introduce them to musicians and other celebrities they like, or when they can get them into certain places. I try to keep this in mind whenever I think “I’m the coolest mom, why can’t I go?” NO ONE can go and if they do their kid is cringing.

Getting back to this movie, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood and Kristen Bell told stories showing up Frozen gave them cred with their kids. However all their kids are eight and under. Give it a couple of years.

Idina and Kristen Bell got stars on the Walk of Fame!
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  1. Wilady says:

    That’s pretty cute. Got to take my two little girls who remind me of the little girl versions in the movie, and it was great. The themes go so deep and I could talk about it for hours.

    Also love that Idina and Kristin kind of emulate the sisters in that Kristen seems kind of spunky and wild, and Idina comes off as more stoic and mature.

  2. MachineElf says:

    My daughter and I loved the movie. Her new favorite character is the mother, Queen Iduna.

  3. Lucy2 says:

    If no one wants to go with you, go by yourself to see it! I’ve gone to a few films like that, it’s fine. Don’t miss out on an experience you want.
    Idina’s son sounds like a typical kid, lol.

    • BeanieBean says:

      That’s what I do! Now that my nieces & nephews are grown I’ve got no kids to borrow to see animated movies, so I go alone. It’s fine! Although my niece was a tough cookie. I remember taking her to see Snow White and as soon as the ending credits started rolling, she popped out of her seat saying, ‘it’s over!’, as in let’s go!. I kept trying to talk about the movie with her because it had been a favorite of mine & she just kept repeating, ‘it’s over!’ Buzz kill kid.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      Just make sure you go to an evening show, the later the better! lol

      I went to an afternoon showing of “The Good Liar” that was playing at the same multiplex that was showing “Frozen II”, OPENING WEEKEND. OH. MY. GOD!!! There were SO MANY LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE NETTING DRESSES running around the concession stand/lobby! LOLOL. It was SO crazy with all the mothers (and a few fathers) with the 6 and under set!!! I went into the restroom before the movies started and was serenaded by a 6 year old who was tunelessly singing her heart out 😊 It was adorable… and I was SO GLAD I was going into another screening theater 3 doors down from Frozen! lol

  4. Jekelly says:

    I saw it with my two littles (5&3) and they both loved it! I thought it was really great. I love that the sisters relationship is front and center and not a love story. I’m big on trying to teach my daughter she doesn’t need a man to save her, she can save herself.

  5. Louisa says:

    I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the first one much either but at least the songs were better/more memorable.

    • holly hobby says:

      The first one was like nails to the chalkboard. If I hear Let it Go one more time…At least this one doesn’t have a memorable song.

      • Wilady says:

        Ha, have to argue. After the FIRST TIME SEEING IT, my two girls, 4 and 7 sang “INTO THE UNKNOOOOOOOOWN” on repeat the rest of the day 😂😬

  6. Bex says:

    Soft spot for her because she once went out of her way to make a young relative of mine who loves Wicked feel really special.

    Have been cursing her since Saturday though because I can’t get ‘into the unknoooooooooown’ out of my head.

  7. Noodle says:

    I took my 14 and 11 yo girls to see it yesterday. My oldest wore blue lipstick (her way of rebelling) and they both loved it with no shame. I treasure these moments because I know at some point they won’t want me there — well, the 11yo won’t. The 14yo still thinks I walk on water and prefers our conversations to those of her peers.

  8. SJR says:

    This woman has an award winning voice, and her kid “stop singing in the car, Mom” makes me laugh. I love little kids, they just tell ya!

    I find it funny when the celeb parents reveal that their kids don’t care.
    Tim Olyphant, Deadwood, Justified, Santa Clarita Diet, and all round Gorgeous Man, was on Ellen told a story about his kids found him “embarrassing/not cool/nobody thinks you’re good looking, etc.” It was hilarious! And, true I bet.

    Frozen and Frozen 2 are among my kids favorite movies.
    No surprise to me that they are printing money from these, I will of course be buying the F2
    DVD the day it comes out.
    The theaters will be packed over T-Day thru Xmas holiday vacation, everyone I know with kids under 9, is going or has already been to see it. No complaints on my side, I took my 8 y/o Great -Niece to see F2 the day after it opened, had to “Call Dibs” because both Grandmas also wanted to take her for her birthday. :)

    • lucy2 says:

      It’s extra funny with Timothy Olyphant, because he is so cool too. But yeah I bet his kids are embarrassed.

  9. Katie says:

    Saw it in a big group with lots of 6-7 year olds. A couple of the boys were complaining beforehand because it’s a “girl movie” [sigh, I can't believe that's still a thing], but they all LOVED it. The adults were somewhat meh on it, but the kids sat around for 2 hours talking about their favorite parts and singing the songs.

  10. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Adele Dazeem’s son tells her to shut up?

  11. Kimberly says:

    I like her son! I, too, cannot stand frozen….

  12. manda says:

    I’ll be damned if my kid tells me I can’t sing in my own car

  13. Smalltown Girl says:

    I want to go see Frozen again without my kids 😂 I had one eye on the three year old the whole time and feel like I missed a lot.

  14. Sara says:

    I loved the story she told on either Fallon or Seth Myers when the first Frozen movie became huge about her son being at a Frozen themed birthday party and telling his friends “My mommy sings Frozen!” So sweet.

  15. J ferber says:

    Hilarious. My daughter won’t let me sign in the car, but there’s a good reason why (my voice). I’d pay to have her sing in my car.

  16. horseandhound says:

    frozen is the most overrated movie ever.

  17. Heat says:

    Loved the movie. Pretty into the music too, as I’ve had it on repeat since then, lol. Kristen and Idina did a great interview on Q for the CBC a few weeks ago. There was a very cute part where they took questions from kids. If you are a fan, I would recommend it. If you’re in the States you should still be able to get it via the podcast.

  18. RedWeatherTiger says:

    I love Idina, even though I have not seen either Frozen. I got to see her in concert a few years ago, after the first Frozen, and she was great, engaging and charming. When she sang the one famous Frozen song, she invited all the kids in the audience up on stage to sing it with her–very sweet and something they/their parents will always remember.

    Now, when she sang “Defying Gravity,” I may have had an out of body experience.