Eve talks about her new ABC drama ‘Queens’ and impending motherhood

Eve performs a rapper who juggles mommy obligation with five young children on the new ABC drama “Queens” — and now she is about to come to be a mother for the very first time.

In reality, the hip-hop diva declared her being pregnant just times just before “Queens” — in which Eve co-stars with Brandy, Naturi Naughton and Nadine Velazquez as a ’90s rap woman group on the comeback trail — premiered on Tuesday.

“I could not have prepared this — the two at the identical time — but it is remarkable,” claimed Eve, 42, who is because of in February just after years of struggling to conceive with her partner, British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper. “You certainly want and desire and hope, and you carry on down the route and you attempt, and I assume you get to the point occasionally when you’re like, ‘Is it ever heading to materialize?’ And luckily it did happen. I truly feel unbelievably, extremely joyful and blessed.”

The Grammy-successful artist driving these kinds of hits as “Let Me Blow Ya Thoughts,” “Who’s That Woman?” and “Gangsta Lovin’ ” is returning to collection Television after her 2003-2006 sitcom “Eve.” But her “Queens” character — Brianna, aka Professor Sexual intercourse — has decidedly extra in popular with the authentic Eve.

Naturi Naughton (from still left), Eve, Brandy and Nadine Velazquez star in the new ABC drama “Queens.”

“The parallels are authentic,” she claimed. “I do appear from that time in hip-hop — late ’90s into the 2000s. I’m now married with four bonus youngsters and 1 on the way. So it is kinda crazy but also kinda neat to engage in, ’cause I certainly pulled from my daily life for particular items when it comes to Brianna. But it was also great to obtain who she was and what her voice was.”

Like her character, Eve is figuring out how to hold it attractive in her 40s.  “It’s just being assured,” she mentioned. “Actually, I really like acquiring older. I actually really feel much more of a girl the more that I develop in me, in my skin. I imagine which is what would make a female attractive is when you’re cozy in your pores and skin.”

She said that, although she still left “The Talk” very last December right after 4 many years as a co-host on the daytime clearly show, the knowledge assisted her to improve. “That present basically healed a lot of matters in my daily life,” she said. “I talked about a whole lot of issues that I have by no means spoken about — fertility, ingesting and the problems I have with stress and anxiety. I essentially dealt with a great deal of my difficulties, so I do overlook that component of it.”

Nadine Velazquez, Naturi Naughton, Eve and Brandy in a scene from the new ABC drama "Queens"
Nadine Velazquez, Naturi Naughton, Eve and Brandy in a scene from the new ABC drama “Queens”

Eve also misses DMX, her beloved comrade in the Ruff Ryders rap collective, who died at 50 in April just after a coronary heart assault introduced on by a drug overdose.

“It was genuinely horrible. I was in fact finishing the pilot of ‘Queens’ when it was all type of occurring,” she said. “People who understood X, we all realized his difficulties … but you form of felt like he was a person of these individuals who would be below for a while. But I definitely, truly sense that his soul and his spirit are at peace mainly because sadly he experienced these demons, and he lived with them for so lengthy.”

And now the rapper-actress born Eve Jeffers will provide a new everyday living into the planet in February. But she probably won’t place the kibosh on any specific lyrics as a mom.

“I don’t think I would shy absent from a lot for the reason that I assume I have usually been clear in my tunes,” reported Eve. “I’m truly intrigued to see, when my little one is right here, what variety of stuff I will write. I am on the lookout forward to that.”