“That was really nice to have people who understood my position,” shares eve who says her costars stood up for her while filming.
Just days before ABC premiered its new drama Queens on October 19, one of the show’s stars, Eve, announced she and husband Maximillion Cooper are expecting their first child. The news came as a welcome surprise to fans of the Philly rapper who was open about her struggle to conceive and even left her role as cohost of The Talk to focus on expanding her family. Ironically, when the prime time series costarring Brandy, Naturi Naughton and Nadine Velazquez resumed filming after a brief hiatus this summer, Eve had just found out she was pregnant.
“I hadn’t told anybody; I couldn’t,” Eve tells ESSENCE. “Also, I was just not ready and I was also like, ‘Oh my God.’ You know how in life sometimes things all happen at the same time? So I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve gotta leave home and I’m pregnant.’”
As scary as it was for Eve to leave London, where she resides with her husband, and return to L.A. to finish taping the series, filming with two working mothers was a big help, she says.
“Honestly, it’s so nice to be on set with women who are in this business. Naturi, specifically, she had been filming Power while she was pregnant with her daughter, Zuri, and so she gave me lots of advice, and Brandy as well. Brandy, she’s such a sweetheart, I love them both.”
Eve says she was also quick to ask her costars for parenting advice and to send her links to all things mommy, but the best part about working with the others is that they looked out for the first-time mom without her even asking. “Just being supportive of me and, also, speaking up for me, that was a big deal,” Eve says. “Sometimes on set if I was really tired, Naturi would speak up for me and so would Brandy, like, ‘C’mom guys, you know she’s pregnant.’ That was really nice to have people who understood my position.”
Maria – Congratulations Eve so happy for you and your husband on your bundle of joy. Please be safe God bless you all
Katherine – I am so happy for Eve!! She’s always been one of my favorite rappers and I’m glad she found true love and is now extending her family and having a child of her own.
Motherhood is a beautiful thing, I can’t wait to see her blessing once he/she arrives!!
Margaret – Eve had to go all the way to London to find love and he didn’t want to let her go so he flew from London to Los Angeles to get his black queen such a beautiful love story
Nicole – When I first read about her being pregnant I was so happy for her! As a doula and reading this article, it’s so important to have a support system in place. Doulas, experienced mothers, grandmother’s, and therapist if you need it. It really does take a village to help a mother raise a baby
Aaron – Thank you And congratulations one the baby i love the show so far one cast member.