‘Beauty and the Beast’ Star Audra McDonald Talks Balancing Motherhood and Stardom

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It’s been said that the most calmest new moms are older moms and second time moms. Audra McDonald, who at 46 welcomed her surprise second child, daughter Sally James,  is both.

The Tony-Award winning star told PEOPLE magazine in a recent interview, “I’m calmer this time around, 16 year later…Or maybe it’s that I’m just tired because I’m older, but I don’t sweat the small stuff as much.”


Last October, the Beauty and the Beast star welcomed her second daughter with Broadway actor hubby Will Swenson, with help from her first child 16-year old daughter Zoe.

But it didn’t slow down the acclaimed actress who has also won Grammy‘s and an Emmy-Award in recent years for her music and performances. She posted a photo recently of her glam squad hooking her up while holding Sally.

Her older daughter has also been a big help.
“Zoe is such a fantastic big sister to Sally James,” McDonald says. “That’s just who she wants to hang out with. Every time Zoe walks into the room, Sally lights up. And that’s so important to me.”

She even got to see her baby sister being birthed.

“While I was giving birth to Sally James, Zoe wasn’t planning on being in the hospital room, but she got too curious so she came in,” McDonald told the magazine. “I was so worried about her being overwhelmed that literally, as I was pushing out Sally, I was looking over at Zoe saying, ‘Are you okay? Is there anything you need from me, are you okay?’ ”

“And Zoe kept saying, ‘Mom, would you just concentrate on having the baby!’ But I was literally trying to give birth and parent at the same time.”

Bump Watch: Beyonce and Family Hit Up ‘The Beauty and The Beast’ Premiere

beyonceThe Carter-Knowles family hit up the premiere of the new live action Beauty and The Beast Disney movie last week.

The trio, consisting of Beyonce, husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy entered the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood Thursday night with the rest of the cast also attending the opening night of the film.

Queen Bey was outfitted in an emerald green flowy empire-waist Gucci gown with a plunging neckline. Daughter Blue had a matching tiered frock that some sites say is a custom-made riff on a $26,ooo Gucci frock from their Fall/Winter 2016 collection. After the event, an impromptu photo shoot was in order, of course.

The pop icon shared photos on her social media account which has been re-shared by various Beygency affiliates.

Mrs. Carter is expecting a pair of twins later this year.

Check out the pics from the event:

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Pley’s Disney Princess Monthly Subscription Box is Here!

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With the decline of retailers (more than 1,600 stores  set to close this year) and the growth of online shopping, subscription box services are on the rise – offering wine, cosmetics and even beard lotion to your doorstep.

Now, our little princesses can finally get in on the fun! This month, toy subscription box company Pley launched a brand-new limited edition, Disney Princess subscription, mystery box designed to empower girls.


For just $24.99 you’ll get a mystery box containing between 4-8 Disney Princess toys, activities and fashion accessories (all have $50+ retail value).

Each bi-monthly box tells the story of a new princess and, like a rags-to-riches princess story, the shipping box magically transforms into a castle, boat, or tower that can be decorated and played with, both reducing waste and increasing play value.

Little girls everywhere will anxiously await the sound of the doorbell, announcing their Disney Princess Pley Box delivery.

“Instead of throwing the packaging away, our physical shipping boxes become a part of the princesses’ story. Each box has instructions that transform the shipping box into a playable toy such as a castle, boat or a carriage that can be decorated and played with,” said Pley CEO Ranan Lachman. “We call it ‘Pleycycle,” and are proud to be a leader in reducing the environmental footprint of toy packaging.”

The box will be offered at a limited quantity and timed for delivery with the new Beauty and the Beast movie, a live-action retelling of the Disney classic coming to theaters in March!

See the trailer below: