BY LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF
Josh Gad never expected his role in the Disney hit “Frozen” to change his life — or the lives of seriously ill children.
Gad said voicing Olaf in the blockbuster allowed him to fulfill the wishes of many sick children.
Since the film’s 2013 release, the father of two said he’s made many phone calls to seriously ill children wishing to speak with joyful snowman Olaf, a character who parties with ice queen Elsa.
“I actually get choked up thinking about some of the kids that I’ve left messages for because it’s so … it’s so fleeting,” Gad told BuzzFeed News. “It’s such a little thing that I do that goes such a long way for these children. But you take their mind off of it for a minute, for a day.”
He hopes entertaining sick children also helps provide their parents some much-needed respite.
“Hopefully you give their parents a distraction,” Gad added. “As a parent, it’s the hardest thing to think about and, you know, I take ownership of the fact that that’s as much my job as doing the voice for commercial reasons.”
Gad said he “would take all of it back if it just meant that the kids could have a normal life. You know at the end of that call is another call where the child is gone.”
In 2014, Gad won an Annie award for outstanding achievement in voice acting for his role as Olaf.
‘It’s such a little thing that I do that goes such a long way for these children. But you take their mind off of it for a minute, for a day’ — Gad told Buzzfeed News
Computer animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be released this year. “Frozen 2” is expected to be released in 2019.
Josh Gad gets emotional talking about the sick kids he's called as Olafhttps://t.co/OYqdvHHpxp pic.twitter.com/z6Fr7xeOE8
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) October 7, 2017
When sick and dying kids wish to speak with Olaf, Josh Gad picks up the phone https://t.co/db6WfJ9QBz pic.twitter.com/kCso33ZATi
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) October 6, 2017
Josh Gad calls sick kids as Olaf from "Frozen" to make them feel better https://t.co/s0uzX5k5wK pic.twitter.com/rr91bbDzHi
— For Good's Sake (@goodnews) October 6, 2017