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The actor admitted he's a bit unnerved when kids recognize him as Olaf the Snowman

By Tara Fowler
Updated December 01, 2020 10:53 PM
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Josh Gad knows you can’t let it go – and he can’t either.

The Frozen actor, who voiced Olaf the Snowman in the Disney movie, called the film the highlight of his year.

“Seeing it become this cultural phenomenon was beyond my wildest dreams,” Gad, 33, said on the red carpet at Thursday evening’s PEOPLE Magazine Awards. “It took on a life of its own.”

The Oscar-winning movie has grossed more than $1 billion since its release just over a year ago.

Gad, who’s dad to daughters Ava, 3½ and Isabella, 10 months, went on to say he’s constantly getting stopped by kids who recognize him as Olaf.

“It’s the weirdest thing,” he said. “I never would’ve gone up to the guy who played Sebastian [in The Little Mermaid]. I just thought he was a real crab.”

Added Gad: “So when I see a 5-year-old do that, it kind of freaks me out a little bit. It’s ruining the magic!”

Frozen writer/director Jennifer Lee recently told PEOPLE that it’s her dream to see Gad play Olaf in the upcoming Broadway adaptation of the film.