‘Frozen’ Actress Was Paid Only $926, Despite Her Integral Role In $1.2 Billion Hit


One of the actresses from Frozen has revealed that she was only paid $926 to star in the cinematic behemoth, despite the fact that it went on to become the highest grossing animated film of all time.

Frozen ultimately grossed $1.2 billion after it was released in November 2013. But despite its record-breaking sum, Spencer Lacey Ganus, who voiced the teenage Elsa in the film, was only paid $926.20 for her work in it. According to TMZ [via Daily Mail], the 15-year-old was paid the paltry sum because she accepted a one-day guaranteed payment.

Now that the film has made over a billion across the world, TMZ have pointed out that she netted just 0.000077 per cent. Fifteen-year-old Ganus has previously made a name for herself by appearing in the likes of Ice Age and Happy Feet. She was only needed for a day because she just had a few lines as teenage Elsa.

Young Elsa was portrayed by Eva Bella while Idina Menzel, who is a recognized Broadway actress and singer, voiced the grown-up Elsa. TMZ were able to find out about her low payment because her contract had been filed with the court.

Frozen was created from a $150 million budget, and no-one could have predicted just how popular it would become with audiences. It tells the story of sisters Elsa and Anna, who were mostly voiced by Menzel and Kristen Bell. They are both princesses in Arendelle, and after the death of their parents, Elsa becomes the queen of the country. However, the fact that she has the ability to shoot ice out of her finger tips has been kept secret from the residents of Arendelle. That is, until she showcases her unique talent at her coronation and brings a perennial winter to the country that threatens to wreak havoc on its inhabitants. Scared by her ability, she runs off into the mountains and is then pursued by her younger sister who looks to help her through her trauma.

Frozen was packed to the brim with several hit songs written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. These included “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” and “Let It Go.” The latter has sparked numerous homages that have populated the internet for months now, while Idina Menzel’s performance of the track saw her pick up the 2014 Academy Award for Best Original Song. Frozen was also awarded the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

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