Idina Menzel is ready to defy gravity once again. This time, she is through the style.

Idina Menzel she got hooked on legions of Broadway viewers nearly two decades ago as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the hit musical. “evil”, For which he won a Tony Award.

However, the actor and singer hadn’t seen the show from the audience in years until he accompanied his 12-year-old son, Walker, and his basketball team. to a performance last month. Watch the actor Talia Suskauer playing Elphaba in the current staging, he said, was a “very emotional” experience.

“I had a real moment of pride and really thought about my life and what has happened since then, how it changed my life,” Menzel told HuffPost at the launch of her women’s clothing line, Encore by Idina, last week. The show “took five years of work and was a lesson in patience and trust in myself and in the people around me. So I felt like I was finally able to take possession of something that I was a part of, which changes people’s lives when they see it. ”

Menzel is best known to younger fans as the voice of Queen Elsa in the Disney movie. “Frozen“, in which she delivered a powerful message of self-acceptance through the chilling ballad” Let It Go. “Now, she hopes women of all ages will feel equally empowered. by Encore, available through QVC. The “sleep to street” collection includes a wide range of tracksuits, cardigans and jeans, among other items.

“I wanted to take the anxiety out of the dressing process,” said Menzel (left) of her new clothing line.

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Like most theater artists, Menzel was unable to perform during much of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the unexpected period of inactivity, he began sketching the concept for what is now known as the swinging romper on a napkin.

“I said, ‘I want to do this for me,’ and then my family and others around me said, ‘You should expand this idea,’” she said. “I wanted to take the anxiety out of the dressing process. I’m lucky enough to have people helping me from time to time, but if I’m left to my own devices, I get really overwhelmed in my closet. “

“I wanted to find something I could wear to bed if needed, wake up in the morning, take my kids to school, and look decent next to the perfect mom who is always together at 7am,” she added. “And later, I wanted to be able to layer something that worked with it so that I could meet my husband [Aaron Lohr] for drinks. He was born out of necessity for myself ”.

Regarding his brand’s acting title, Menzel said: “In my life, when people ask for an encore, it’s a great achievement. It means that I moved the audience, that they saw what I was doing and appreciated it. Even if you are not an actor, we are all on the crazy stage of life, balancing between a million roles. And everyone deserves to feel seen and appreciated “.

Menzel (right) reunites with "evil" Co-star Kristin Chenoweth at the 2021 Tony Awards in New York last fall.
Menzel (right) reunites with “Wicked” co-star Kristin Chenoweth at the 2021 Tony Awards in New York last fall.

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Encore is just the beginning of what will happen for Menzel in 2022. In September, he will make his first foray into children’s publishing with “Loud mouse”, An illustrated book he wrote together with his sister, Cara Mentzel. And this Thanksgiving, she is ready to reprise the role of Nancy Tremaine in the Disney movie. “disenchanted”The highly anticipated 2007 sequel to“ Enchanted, ”starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey.

While some fans were disappointed that Menzel didn’t get a musical number in the original film, this time around it changed.

“I have an amazing song that he composed Alan Menken Other Stefano Schwartz he wrote for me called ‘Love Power’, and it was a really great time, “he said.” It’s a very traditional musical and it has an old-fashioned quality. ”

Getting back into character meant wearing costumes that are pretty much the “antithesis” of Encore.

“Expect to see me in a corset,” he joked.

"Even if you're not an actor, we're all on the crazy stage of life, balancing a million roles," Menzel said. "And everyone deserves to feel seen and appreciated
“Even if you’re not an actor, we’re all on the crazy stage of life, balancing a million roles,” said Menzel. “And everyone deserves to feel seen and appreciated.”

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