Brad Barket/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s been 16 years since Audra McDonald had a baby.
Now at age 46, the “Beauty and the Beast” star has a second baby and a first with her husband and fellow Broadway star Will Swenson.
The couple welcomed daughter Sally James last October.
McDonald said she has changed as a mother since the first time around.
“I’m calmer this time around, 16 years later,” she told People magazine. “Or maybe it’s that I’m just tired because I’m older, but I don’t sweat the small stuff as much.”
— People Magazine (@people) March 25, 2017
And although Sally James is only 5 months old, she already has a larger-than-life personality, her mother said.
“In some ways, I don’t worry about her — this is a very strong personality, I’m seeing it already!” she said. “This is someone who’s not gonna let anybody walk over her at all. In fact, she’ll be the one doing the walking.”
When the six-time Tony Award winner announced her pregnancy, she said it was unexpected.
“Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead 2 pregnancy? @thewillswenson & I are completely surprised but elated 2 b expecting,” she wrote on Twitter last May.
Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead 2 pregnancy? @thewillswenson & I are completely surprised but elated 2 b expecting
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) May 10, 2016
McDonald, who formerly starred on the ABC series “Private Practice,” also has a daughter, Zoe, from a previous marriage, and Swenson has two sons with his former wife.
“Zoe is such a fantastic big sister to Sally James,” McDonald said of her older daughter. “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.”
“Zoe is a rock star as far as Sally James is concerned,” she added. “If you wanna make me melt, just put my two daughters together, and I’m a puddle.”
McDonald and Swenson, 43, married in 2012 at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
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