"So I wonder what a child psychologist would say about this... [My daughter] tells me she has to shut me out,' " he jokes

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Updated December 03, 2020 01:02 AM

Like millions of other children, Vince Vaughn‘s daughter is a huge fan of Frozen.

But the actor believes there could be much more to the animated fairy tale — like how the princesses give a glimpse into his little girl‘s personality.

“I think Frozen is great, but it’s interesting to me because of the two ladies in the movie,” Vaughn, 44, said during a Thursday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“[Anna’s] all in with the first guy she meets, right? He says, ‘I love you,’ and that’s the end of it. She’s just, here’s my heart, here’s everything, and then he turns out not to be the best of choices.”

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But it is the other main character, Princess Elsa, whom Vaughn’s 4-year-old daughter Locklyn Kyla gravitates toward when playing pretend.

“[Elsa] doesn’t want to get too close to anyone because she’ll hurt them, she’ll freeze them and she’ll cause them pain, so she has to shut herself out,” the Unfinished Business star explains. “So I wonder what a child psychologist would say about this … [My daughter] tells me she has to shut me out. She says, ‘I’m shutting you out, I’m not good for you. I have to be far, far away.’ ”

He jokes, “A little role-playing, a little imagination is good, but I’m like, ‘Are we doing some serious damage here? ‘ And then she’ll freeze me and I’ll go along with it, so maybe I’m encouraging it.”

The mix of emotions can be tough to handle, but Vaughn feels like he’s in good company. “I say to her, ‘Well, you don’t have to shut me out because if you do freeze me you’ll kiss me to unfreeze me.’ But it doesn’t change the dialogue; I’m being shut out, I’m being frozen, I’m being kissed. It’s a very complicated roller coaster,” he muses.

“I don’t think I’m alone. There’s a lot of girls out there shutting people out and freezing people.”

When Locklyn isn’t playing dress-up with her dad, she’s busy loving on her little brother, Vaughn’s second child with wife Kyla, 18-month-old son Vernon Lindsay.

“She’s very sweet and nurturing. Sharing can be a problem sometimes, but for the most part she’s really excited,” he says. “She’s excited that he’s staying. She really took to him. I think he’s the one that can be overwhelmed sometimes with the love and affection that comes his way.”

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