Taye Diggs praises ex-wife Idina Menzel when examining her breakout role in Rent and educating their son amid COVID-19 pandemic: ‘I remember how lucky I am ”
Taye Diggs opened up about her life during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the extra time it has allowed her to spend with her son Walker, during an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show.
The 50-year-old actor also discussed the lasting impact the famous Broadway musical Rent has had on his life since he created the role of owner Benny in 1996.
During the conversation, Diggs’ face lit up with pride and joy as he recounted meeting his ex-wife, Idina Menzel, during Rent’s run and that he can tell their son that he was able to testify when the world presented him. brilliance as a singer and performer.
Praise: Taye Diggs, 50, praised ex-wife Idina Menzel during a conversation about her breakout role in the Broadway musical Rent during an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show
Diggs was on the talk show promoting the new season of The CW’s All American, but the interview began with Barrymore asking him about raising her 11 year old son in these uncertain times.
“ I hate to sound like a broken record, but that’s when I remember how lucky I am, how lucky we are both even though the world around us seems turn in all kinds of different directions, ” he said with a tone of humility.
The New Jersey native went on to explain how he and Walker used their extra time in quarantine to discuss some of the important issues of recent times through the lens of the books he has written and his role in All American.
Touching: Diggs revealed he loved being able to tell his son that he got to see his mom’s talents while they were at Rent: “Dad was there, when Mum, when the world first listened to him “; the former couple seen together in June 2007
That’s when the host opened up about Digg’s impressive theatrical career, which includes his breakout role in Rent.
“I met my little mother there. It was the start of my career. And even today we are [Rent cast and crew] always bring moving people together around Zoom and other charity concerts. It’s kind of where it all started and it’s nice to know that it continues, ” he explained.
And even Walker’s mom, Idina, Idina Menzel, it’s been really great. I love that I was there early on, ”he continued.
“ She made history in this show and continues to make history with her singing and the like, and knowing that I was right there, I love to share that with my son. Like, “Dad was there, when Mum, when the world first listened to her.” So that’s cool too.
Story: Digg and Menzel met during their stint on the hit Rent, which premiered on Broadway in 1996; they are photographed in January 2013
The actor also provided an update on the current state of his relationship, stating, “ I’m a swinging single baby. ”
Diggs and Menzel separated in December 2013 after 10 years of marriage and finally finalized their divorce in January 2015.
Her Hollywood resume includes films such as How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), Go (1999), Brown Sugar (2002), The Best Man (1999) and its sequel The Best Man Holiday (2013).
He has also made waves with his roles for television which includes Private Practice (2007-2013), Empire (2016-2017) and All American (2018-present).
Ongoing concert: Diggs is currently playing in the sports drama series All American