Menzel speaks about John Travolta introducing her as Adele Dazeem before she performed the Oscar-winning song “Let it Go” from the Oscar-winning movie “Frozen" on the recent Academy Awards telecast.
The former Wicked star said she felt sorry for herself for a split-second but knew she needed to perform well. “And what if it all happened, but I had totally caved and didn’t do a good job?” Menzel tells Tracy Smith. “Then it would have been even a different fiasco. So at least I was able to come through and end really strong, and you know, Adele Dazeem, or whoever I am, is actually a really good singer.”
“I think it’s cool to be in your 40s and people first be discovering you,” Menzel adds. “Because as a woman, you know, you always think you’re racing against time. So that feels nice. And, to have this demographic that’s so not my age sometimes. It’s very special.”
Menzel also discusses the breakup of her marriage to fellow actor Taye Diggs.
“You know, we met when we were 25 in Rent. So, we've been through a lot of ups and downs, and we've worked really hard for a long time,” Menzel explains. “I just think, you know, we've grown apart, grown up, grown to a place where we think maybe we can learn new things about ourselves, going on our own separate ways.”
Menzel says she’s doing well and credits having distractions, such as the new Broadway production, to keep her mind off the breakup. “If I didn’t have a job – you know, I’d be home eating like a tray of brownies and, you know, watching sad romantic comedies and Bridget Jones-ing it out.”