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Apparently Josh Gad's 9-year-old daughter, Ava, inspired Olaf's relatable storyline for Frozen 2 because she had an "epiphany" four years ago that she'd one day have to grow up. In a touching video shared to Instagram, Ava can be seen crying as she asks why it is that she has to grow up (we have the same question, girlfriend), which inspired Frozen 2 writers to have Olaf contemplate that very topic and offer advice to kids about getting older throughout the film.
"Four years ago, during dinner one night our beautiful little girl had a huge epiphany that shook her to her core...we all have to grow up," Josh wrote in the video's caption. "Our Nanny at the time, Sara, did such a remarkable job helping guide her through this difficult 'coming of age' moment and I constantly look back at it as a reminder of the fragility of youth and our struggle to make sense of our place in this rapid world. It just so happens that I shared this video with our brilliant Frozen 2 team at the time and said, I believe this should be Olaf's journey in Frozen 2. I'm beyond grateful they felt the same way because growing up is so very hard and all of us have this moment at some point in our lives. I'm also beyond thankful that we were able to capture such a monumental moment and that I can share it now with all of you who either have children or were once children asking that very same question...'why do I have to be a grownup?' Hope you take from it as much as I have."
See the sweet video of Ava's epiphany below.