Monday 21 September 2020

Idina Menzel

Idina Kim Menzel, the American actress, singer and songwriter was born on 30th May 1971 at Manhattan, New York. She is the daughter of Helene Goldberg, a therapist and Stuart Mentzel, a salesman. 

She started her acting career with performances in the Broadway, which includes Rent, Wicked, and If/Then. She also did notable roles like Shelby Corcoran in Glee in the television series and Nancy Tremaine in Enchanted, the Disney live-action/animated film. She voiced Queen Elsa in Disney’s Frozen, its sequel, and many other short films and video games related to the same. Menzel won the Oscar award and Grammy award for the song “Let It Go” in Frozen. 

Idina Menzel Religion

Menzel is of Jewish ancestry. She says that she had a very secular upbringing. She feels a strong connection to the culture and history of the Jewish people. She also has stated that, “I have struggled and waivered with my connection to organized religion. Now that I’m a mom, we’re struggling with how Jewish we are going to be.”

It is safe to assume that she is Jewish, but is not so religious or spiritual regarding her religion and customs. 

Idina Menzel Political Views

Menzel is an active supporter of the Republican Party. As most of the Hollywood celebrities, she also had supported the Republican candidate of U.S. Presidential elections Hillary Clinton, and had done campaigns also for the same. She had expressed her disappointment in the winning of Donald Trump as the President.

Menzel was invited to perform for the swearing-in ceremony of Trump, but she refused the chance and reacted to it as, “It’s Karma. Maybe he’ll just have to sing something himself. He probably thinks he has a great voice; he thinks he does everything great.”

Who is she dating?

Idina Menzel met Taye Diggs, who did the role of Benjamin Coffin III in the original production of the Broadway musical Rent in 1995.Later in January 2003, they got married. The couple have a son named Walker Nathaniel Diggs; in late 2013, she revealed that they are getting separated. The ten year old marriage was officially ended in December 2014. 

Later in April 2015, Menzel started a relationship with actor Aaron Lohr. They were co-stars in the film adaptation of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Rent. The duo appeared together at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April 2015. They got married in September 2017. 

She identifies herself as a feminist and has also raised voice in support of the LGBT community.

Idina Menzel Hobbies

The Frozen star has not revealed much about her likes and dislikes, as she seems to be uninterested in sharing her personal life out in the public. She once said that she likes photography very much. She also takes part in a lot of charity works, which includes starting an organisation called A Broader Way Foundation, to support young people interested in arts. 

Interesting Facts

    • She changed the spelling of her surname “Mentzel” to “Menzel”, to better reflect its pronunciation. 

    • She used to work as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer during her teenage years.