DONALD Glover was starstruck for “10 minutes” when he saw Beyonce in her favourite pizza restaurant.
The 35-year-old actor – who stars alongside the Formation hitmaker in The Lion King live-action remake – was initially too nervous to speak to the 37-year-old singer and her husband Jay-Z when he and his partner Michelle White saw the couple in Lucali’s pizza place in Brooklyn, New York but then tried to play things cool.
He said, “[My partner and I] talked for like about 10 minutes. We’re like ‘Are you going to say something? Go say something. No, you say something. You’re the famous one…’
“It was like 10 minutes and then you go over, and you’re like, ‘Oh hey!’ And then you’re like, ‘What are you doing here? I didn’t see you.’”
Beyonce plays Nala in the Disney remake alongside Donald, who takes on an older Simba, and the pair had to duet on a cover of the Grammy-winning Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice classic Can You Feel The Love Tonight for the film, and the actor joked he couldn’t be in the same room as the R&B legend.
Opening up about the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he joked, “I requested not to be [in the same room]. I did not want to be looking into Beyonce’s eyes while doing this…
“I was actually in London and I recorded [my part] at Abbey Road.
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