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Beauty & The Beast: Audra McDonald On Emma Watson & Seeing Beyoncé At Premiere | People NOW | People

"Beauty and the Beast" star Audra McDonald dishes on the moment she freaked out when she saw Beyoncé and Blue Ivy at the movie's LA premiere. Plus, the Tony award winner opens up about working with Emma Watson and introducing the star to her daughter.

What happens when two queens meet? Can the world truly handle all of their queendoms once together? Does the world suddenly explode? The answers to these questions–TBD. But when Audra McDonald met Beyoncé at the Beauty and The Beast premiere last weekend, the Broadway star proved she’s no different from us– minus the whole six Tony Awards thing.

In a sit-down interview with People magazine, the Shuffle Along star recalls meeting Queen Bey at the LA premiere.

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“I was headed [sic] out a certain exit and she was coming in, and I saw Blue Ivy, and I was like, ‘That’s Blue Ivy, maybe she’s here with, I thought it was her nanny,” she explains. “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.”

Surely THE Queen of Broadway Audra McDonald can handle meeting Queen Bey– obviously not– admitting she could only manage to say “Queen” to her about “three times” and not much else.

“I’m a grownup, I’m 46. I’m a grownup, I should have been able to handle it,” she says. “But it’s Beyoncé and I couldn’t handle it. I’ve met presidents but I was much more freaked out about Beyoncé.”

Us too Audra, us too.

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