Idina Menzel was introduced at the Oscars by John Travolta as Adele Dazeem, but since then the two have made amends. Travolta’s flub was the talk of the Oscars for days after the awards show, with many wondering how on earth the actor could mess up her name that badly. The Frozen singer/actress let it go quickly, however, and says the two are “buddies” now.
“He was really gracious and sent this gorgeous email, and we’re buddies and it’s all cool,” Menzel said during a recent interview.
John Travolta must have felt really bad, however, as shortly after the Oscars–and the email–he sent Idina a beautiful bouquet of flowers. They arrived at her dressing room where she is presently starring in If/Then at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York.
Idina’s name has actually become synonymous with that of Adele Dazeem ever since Travolta’s mistake, but she has nothing at all bad to say about the actor–fully realizing that it could have happened to anyone.
“Please. I mean, I’ve only benefited from it,” Menzel added about her wildly popular alternative name.
She still had a wonderful time at the Oscars, and was excited to tweet about the event to her followers.
— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) March 4, 2014
In the days following the Oscars it became popular on late night shows and even on some news programs to play with a widget that “Travoltafied” people’s names. It played on the actor’s mispronunciation and translated anyone’s name into how John Travolta might have pronounced it at the Oscars.
John Travolta seemed to realize right off the bat that Idina Menzel was a really good sport, however. Just a few days after his faux pas he talked with E! News about what he had done.
“I’ve been beating myself up all day,” he said. “Then I thought…What would Idina Menzel say? She’d say, ‘Let it go, let it go!’ Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!”
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