Audra McDonald, Actress and Singer. She has won six Tony Awards, more than any other actor, and is also the only person to have won in all four categories of acting. In addition to her Broadway work, including A Raisin in the Sun, she was the star of the ABC show Private Practice and is in this month’s hit adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
"I’m always looking for challenges and new ways to stretch myself and grow as an artist. The one requirement I make for anything I do is that I want something that’s going to challenge me, either stretch muscles to a degree I’ve never stretched, or muscles that I’ve never stretched at all. I’m someone who’s always willing to jump off the diving board and say, 'Whoa, I hope there’s water down there.' I don’t have a problem with failure as long as I gave it 100 percent. I want to try everything.”
Boston Globe, photograph by Autumn De Wilde