He’s not your “Average” Prince – Interviewing Santino Fontana #DisneyFrozenEvent

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Disclosure: Disney provided me with an expense paid trip to Hollywood for the Disney Frozen Event in exchange for my review of the events of the trip. No other compensation is given. The opinions and experiences in my posts are 100% mine.

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He’s not your “Average” Prince 

Interviewing Santino Fontana #DisneyFrozenEvent

The moment Santino Fontana walked into the room I completely agreed with Kristen Bell’s line in Disney’s latest Animation Frozen “You’re gorgeous..oh wait what?”,  because indeed he is!!  If you are just joining in on my #DisneyFrozenEvent Experience let me bring you up to date.  25 Bloggers including myself were invited to LA from November 18th to the 20th for the experience of a lifetime.  While in LA we were able to attend the White Carpet Premiere of Disney’s Frozen, Interviewed Kristen Bell who plays Anna in Frozen, We got Chocolate Wasted at Ghirardelli, Had the opportunity to see Frozen at the Premiere, Spent some time behind the scenes with the Directors and Producers of Frozen, Learned about the Animation Process through the Disney Short “Get A Horse”, Got a chance to sing our hearts out in the Recording Booth at the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Interviewed one of the original Chimney Sweeps from Mary Poppins (Pete Menefee) AND we interviewed Santino Fontana.  Whew alot right?  Well guess what, there was more but I am just bringing you up to date so stay tuned to see what else we did.  Great you are officially caught up on my adventure, which by the way was truly a totally cool adventure. (smile)


(Photo Credit: Disney)

Santino Fontana Plays the role of Hans, Anna’s Love at First Sight love interest.  Hans is from a neighboring kingdom and is the youngest child (he has 12 older brothers). Upon meeting, Anna and Hans have an immediate spark.  They share a similar story feeling left out their older sibling(s) and feeling invisible in the realm of things.  It doesn’t take long before they can finish one anothers “sandwiches” and feel that they are one another’s True Loves and should be married.  Upon drawing this conclusion they seek approval from Queen Elsa (Anna’s older sister) and that’s when all the Ice Breaks out (pun intended)….lol.  They are both determined to get married and feel it’s their destiny to be together, now I believe in Love at first sight, but in this case there could be alterior motives, besides as Kristoff points out she barely even knew him.

"FROZEN" (L-R) HANS and ANNA. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

(Photo Credit: Disney)


Hans is not the average Disney Prince that we have come accustomed to, yes he’s handsome, yes we think he’s polite, yes he seems to be a perfect fit for Anna and yes he appears to be way too good to be TRUE!  What’s the old saying?  Everything that glitters ISN’T Gold!  Well Hans definitely sparkles and shines in the beginning but his true identity is later revealed.

We asked Santino a lot about his character, as he just was not the average prince that we expect in Disney Movies so we had to get the inside scoop on how Santino felt about breaking the traditional Prince role.  We asked him if he knew at the time he was going to play a role in which he wouldn’t be the “average” Disney Prince?

Yeah. I think I did. Yes, I mean, not initially, not in the audition process, I didn’t. In the audition process, it sounded well, first of all, the, what, four years ago, that Chris, and Chris was attached to that version as well, I auditioned for Kristoff when at the time Kristoff was a tour guide in a place called, that was called mistletoe. And, ah, so I auditioned for that and he was a very naive and non-kind of comedic presence. And then they said they scrapped the movie, and I was like oh no, but I knew Chris liked me. And then it came back two years later and this time they wanted me to audition for Hans, for the Prince. And we didn’t know, at the time, the description was more almost Gastonish (i.e Beauty & The Beast reference). And then, um, and then it changed and then they were aware that they wanted some big twists to come, and then eventually that was part of the audition process. So I knew that would happen, but I didn’t know how.

In watching the movie we searched for clues to find out who, as there is always a who…was the character that was going to change the tone of the movie.  None of us saw it coming, so after the fact we were looking for clues that would’ve given us an indication of the twist that was to come in the movie.  Well why not ask the source himself about any clues he may have given throughout the movie that would’ve tipped us off to the twist, Santino responded by saying:

Well, in different version, um, and in any of these characters that are not what they appear to be, which almost everybody in this movie is, you know, everyone starts as an outsider, really. We don’t know where Elsa’s coming from. We don’t know where the Duke of Weselton is coming from. We don’t really know where Kristoff is coming from. Um, so everybody has that, I think, and I think what is a great testament to what Jenn wrote {Meaning that we didn’t know what to expect or WHO to expect} what Chris directed and Peter worked on and it’s all in the writing. It’s literally you just have to do what’s in front of you, and then whatever needs to be revealed whenever it needs to be revealed is taken care of. You just have to play the scene as honestly as possible, and that’s a great, it’s so great to be, when you’re an actor and you feel like you, you’ve been taken care of by what’s on the page, because then you don’t have to like cover things up or fix something. And, um, if you do go back and watch, I think you would be, you would start putting pieces together, but it also, we did, very specifically didn’t want anyone to know a second before it happened.

And he not letting us know a moment before it happened is indeed what happened.  As you know from my review I truly enjoyed this movie, so much I have already seen it twice and I am hoping that you have seen the movie already or are planning to go see it this weekend.  Please keep checking back daily for more on my #DisneyFrozenEvent adventures.


Disclosure: Disney provided me with an expense paid trip to Hollywood for the Disney Frozen Event in exchange for my review of the events of the trip. No other compensation is given. The opinions and experiences in my posts are 100% mine.

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