Favorite Non-Animal Sidekick
Olaf from Frozen.
When I first saw Frozen I didn’t really like Olaf. I thought he was annoying and something about him being a snowman annoyed me even more – maybe I had a less neutral reaction because The Snowman cartoon is banned in my family’s house because it makes my brother cry. Doesn’t matter that Walking In The Air is covered by one of my favourite bands.
But on subsequent viewings I found Olaf positively charming. He’s so funny and innocent and quirky.
I grew to adore Josh Gad’s performance, especially his rendition of In Summer.
It was Gad’s performance of Olaf that led me to being more interested in the musical The Book of Mormon, in which he was an original major role.
Olaf has been pretty influential on me. I got married shortly before Frozen became a huge hit, and Olaf said something that really resonated with me.
Shortly after I got married, my husband decided to seek treatment for his mental illness, and that meant I was to become his carer. That meant putting his needs before my own. At first it was a bit of a struggle, but I’ve learned, thanks to the wisdom of a comic relief sidekick snowman.