Josh Gad talks Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here'

Josh Gad (WENN.COM)

Josh Gad (WENN.COM)

Mark Daniell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:48 PM ET

NEW YORK – Josh Gad is perhaps the biggest star in your household – if your household consists of children under the age of 10.

After a slew of notable supporting roles, the 33-year-old who voiced Olaf in Disney box office smash hit Frozen, has suddenly found himself poised for superstardom.

“I was doing an animated musical,” he says reflecting back on the film. “I was not doing the biggest animated movie of all time. You go into every project thinking, 'This has the potential to be special,' but I can only do my job... You never know what's going to connect and what isn't."

Now Gad, who also played Elder Cunningham on Broadway in The Book of Mormon, is a hit with his kids, movie fans and Hollywood execs.

This week he co-stars opposite Zach Braff, Kate Hudson and Mandy Patinkin in the drama Wish I Was Here, and he'll be spending the summer in Toronto shooting the big budget action comedy Pixels opposite Adam Sandler and Kevin James. He'll also be seen in The Wedding Ringer with Kevin Hart.

"I think he's due for a big hit," Gad jokes about the Ride Along star. "Hopefully he'll have an arrival next year because his first couple of movies have not done so well."

He also has a series on FX coming year with Billy Crystal, The Comedians.

"It's an exploration of two people approaching comedy from different generational sensibilities. It's in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Billy and I are literally playing ourselves."

While Gad might feel the lure of comedy attracts him the most, he was drawn to Braff's tale of spirituality and mortality.

"They are universal themes that are difficult to tackle and require a deft touch," he says of the film, which Braff wrote and directed. "But this is not a traditional studio movie," he adds.

"This is a movie that has a lot of issues and themes that wouldn't otherwise find an outlet unless you had something like Kickstarter (which Braff used to raise funds to finance it) behind it... And I was really excited about the opportunity to see what it would look like for the guy who created Garden State to direct another movie a decade later.

"That movie was immensely influential when I was in college and I was really blown away by how Zach tackled difficult themes and handled them with amazing entertainment value."

Aside from his already busy slate of upcoming films is the possibility of a sequel to Frozen, but Gad says a follow-up isn't a done deal.

"If the story is right – and only if the story is right – do I think that the creative team would consider going down that path... (Chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios) John Lasseter is the Walt Disney of our time and he approaches each of these properties as if they are treasures. He doesn't touch them until he knows for a fact he can do better than the first."

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