With Ana getting a love interest in the first Frozen film, a lot of people were sure that Elsa was going to have someone in the upcoming sequel, even sparking rumors that she was going to be the first lesbian Disney princess. As it turns out, that isn’t going to be the case.
Talking to IGN, Frozen 2 songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez explained that Elsa “is not defined by a romantic interest.” She continues:
“There’s so many movies that define a woman by her romantic interest. That’s not a story that we wanted to tell at this point in time. What we really wanted to tell was if you have these powers, how do you grow and change and find your place in the world and find answers that haven’t been found before?”
There seems to have been a lot of pressure to give Elsa a love interest, with the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend even going around. For now, it looks like Elsa has another kind of story on her plate, but maybe the love interest can come in at some point in a future sequel.
Personally, I think it’s great that the story for Frozen 2 isn’t really giving Elsa anyone to be hers. I think the theme of self-empowerment is just as important as companionship, and it would be interesting to keep looking inward for the character. So she’s accepted her powers and herself, but what comes next besides romance?
Catch Frozen II when it comes out Nov. 22.