Even though she is a fantastic singer herself, “Beauty and the Beast” star Audra McDonald freaked out after meeting Beyoncé for the first time.
McDonald, who voiced Madame Garderobe in the new Disney film, told People that she was left speechless when she came face-to-face with the “Lemonade” hitmaker.
“I was headed out a certain exit and she was coming in, and I saw Blue Ivy [Carter], and I was like, ‘That’s Blue Ivy, maybe she’s here with’ – I thought it was her nanny,” McDonald said. “And I looked up and I went, ‘Queen!’ And then she said, ‘Nice to see you.’ And I went ‘Queen!’”
“I have never been goofier because I was just so starstruck,” she continued, adding that she probably said “Queen” to Beyoncé at least three more times.
McDonald even said that she has met other well-known personalities in the past, but no one had that effect on her like Beyoncé. “I’m a grownup, I’m 46. I’m a grownup, I should have been able to handle it,” she said. “But it’s Beyoncé and I couldn’t handle it. I’ve met presidents, but I was much more freaked out about Beyoncé.”
“Beauty and the Beast” enjoyed a successful box opening weekend, so much so that the film’s stars are already talking about its sequel.
Josh Gad, who plays LeFou, thinks it would be a great idea to have a spinoff involving his character and Gaston (Luke Evans). “I’d love to see a sequel to Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ starring LeFou and Gaston,” Gad earlier said. “Gaston with a broken arm, and will probably be pushed on a wheelchair. The two of them travel Europe looking for other potential suitors for Gaston. Could be Weekend at Bernie’s-style — me and Stanley Tucci’s character just holding him up.”
As for Emma Watson, who plays Belle, she believes the book-loving heroine will transform the Beast’s palace into something useful. “In my imagining, she turns the library in the castle, and she turns it into a school and a public library,” she told OK. “And she runs it.”
“Beauty and the Beast” was released on March 17.