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ONLY ON 3: Woman with local ties part of Oscar-winning ‘Frozen’

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Disney movie “Frozen” has captured the hearts of little girls all over the country. Now it’s getting more attention with its two Oscar wins last night.

A woman who worked on the critically-acclaimed film has ties to southeastern North Carolina.

A very proud mom let us know her daughter Ashley Chafin is the music productions coordinator at Disney and Pixar out in LA. That means she helped plan the music for “Frozen” from singers to lyrics.

Today Chafin celebrated the movie’s Oscar wins at Disneyland with her boyfriend and friends.

The Disney movie won Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song for “Let it Go.”

But letting it go is not something Chafin wants to do after the film’s Oscar wins.

“Excited is the only word,” Chafin said in a phone interview from Disneyland. “Just really proud. It is totally unexpected to have it become the phenomenon that it is.”

Sunday night Chafin was not at the Academy Awards show, but she watched the night unfold with friends.

Although she did not get any of Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres’s pizza, which was part of a running gag during the show, Chafin did indulge in some pizza as she watched. In a way, things kind of came full circle to her humble roots delivering pizza in Wrightsville Beach.

“I just spent a couple of summers there, and I love it, but I needed to move out to get work other than Domino’s,” Chafin said.

That work would land her at Disney and Pixar, where for years it was difficult for Chafin being surrounded by such catchy lyrics from “Frozen.” She says she was sworn to secrecy by Disney.

“I would get fired, so it was hard keeping it a secret,” Chafin said. “I just had to sing it to my boyfriend and my cat.”

As Oscar night went on and the “Frozen” phenomenon took hold, the “Let it Go” songwriters may have alluded to another hit coming our way in their acceptance speech, when one said, “Let’s do ‘Frozen 2!'”

Only time will tell, because Chafin could not say if “Frozen 2” is in the works or not, but she says the bar is set high.

“It’s really going to be hard to top ‘Frozen,'” she said. “I think that it’s going to be impossible.”

Chafin has to keep all projects she is working on under wraps, but when asked if she could hint at the projects in her future, she did say the company is working on a couple more musicals.

Chafin’s mom still lives here in Wilmington.


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