Idina Menzel: Motherhood Gives You A New Perspective

Idina Menzel made her mark on Broadway years ago, starring in the hit shows Rent and Wicked and earning a Tony Award for her work. Since that time, the mom-of-one has branched out as a recording artist, and is now taking on television with a role on the hit show Glee. The actress/singer who has been married to fellow actor/Broadway star Taye Diggs for 7 years, (together for 14!) welcomed a son Walker Nathaniel seven months ago, and Menzel sat down with 2 News Now in Jacksonville, Fla. to dish on life after baby, her polite labor, and her strong relationship with her hubby.

On son Walker: “It’s just, really words can’t express, its just, he’s amazing.”

On her relationship with Taye Diggs: “We’re like anybody else. We’ve been together about 14 years now. And we go through life with our ups and downs, and we’re best friends. And it’s nice, we sing a lot at home with each other. And there is a lot of music in our lives. But we’re just like any other couple. We have to keep communicating and evolving.”

On the direction that her career is heading: “I just want to keep challenging myself. And it’s really all about my baby right now. And it gives you a new perspective. I feel really excited about the things I’ve accomplished in my life, and now I just want to be a really good mom and if the work comes in and I can handle all that and still be a good mom then that’s okay.”

On being polite during labor: “When I was in labor I thought for sure I was going to have to have the foulest mouth. And I didn’t. I was extremely, extremely nice to my husband. To the point where I was like, “Hunnie, please don’t touch me there, please don’t touch me there. And when things really hurt I’d say, ‘Oh My Goodness, Oh my goodness.’ I never used the F-word once! Isn’t that strange!?”

You can catch busy mom Menzel on tour in the US promoting her self-titled EP until November, or see her on an upcoming episode of Glee.

Thank you to CBS reader Madison!

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Photo credit: Bauer Griffin

  • musiclover

    I was at her concert in Jacksonville! She was amazing! I am also a Glee fan, so the fact that she has taken on a reoccuring role on that show is so exciting

  • Carrie

    I’m a big fan of Taye and Idina (big Rent fan as well!) and I think they are so sweet together. I have to agree with her on the new perspective comment. My son is about 4 months old and I have a new opinion on subjects I thought I’d never change. I’m a much softer, gentler person.

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