The Lion King Cast Was 'Losing Their Minds' Over Beyoncé and More Stories from the Birthday Girl's Biggest Celeb Fans
THE LION KING CAST
In the weeks leading up to The Lion King‘s July 2019 release, Beyoncé’s costars only had the nicest things to say about working with the Queen.
“Everyone was losing their mind. I’ve never seen this happen before,” Seth Rogen told Jimmy Kimmel of the film’s world premiere. “Beyoncé was called out and the audience stood up and went crazy. And like, and I was like, she’s getting a standing ovation for just existing. Like, her mere presence was a reason to stand and go crazy.”
“And I totally got it!” he continued. “I was like yeah, we should be celebrating, we made it, we’re all in a room with Beyoncé. That’s like, that’s what you want.”
Clarke loves Beyoncé so much, she was even worried about what the singer would think of her Game of Thrones’ character’s fate, knowing Bey was a fan. (Warning: Spoilers ahead)
“All I wanted to scream was ‘Please, please still like me even though my character turns into a mass-killing dictator,’ ” Clarke told Variety. “Please still think that I’m representing women in a really fabulous way.’ ”
In 2018, the actress couldn’t help but fangirl over Queen Bey after seeing her perform with husband JAY-Z at their concert in Manchester, England.
“….FYI ITS ALL ABOUT BEY. Bare witness to the end of the best night of my life,” she captioned an Instagram shot of her posing beside a life-size cutout of Beyoncé. She added playful hashtags like “#bringbeytoworkday?” Clarke and a friend really brought the cut-out to life when they brought it with them to the bathroom for some girl talk.
In another shot of her carrying the cut-out with a pal, Clarke looks a bit possessive of her new BFF. “Came for Bey. Not leaving without her,” she wrote.
The Grammy-winning singer fangirled over text with a friend when Netflix announced the April 17 release of Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, a documentary about Bey’s historic 2018 headlining Coachella performance. “Why does she always know when I need her?” Adele asked, sharing a screenshot of the conversation to Instagram.
Previously, Adele spoke about her Bey-obsession to BBC Radio 1. “I’m such a fan, oh my God!” she exclaimed. “Obviously, Queen Bey to the day I die.” And if Adele’s passionate statement isn’t enough proof that the “Hello” singer is part of the Beyhive, her Instagram tributes cement her lifelong fandom. “Beyoncé is the most inspiring person I’ve ever had the pleasure of worshipping,” Adele captioned a photo of herself embracing a blow-up size pic of Bey’s cover art for her 2006 single “Irreplaceable.” “Her talent, beauty, grace and work ethic are all in a league of their own. I appreciate you so much! Thank god for Beyoncé.”
As glam and confident as she seems, Bullock isn’t as at ease as she may appear on the red carpet. So how does she fake it? Naturally, she channels Bey as her alter-ego. For her June 2018 cover shoot with InStyle, she confessed to the mag, “I don’t feel confident when I dress up and go on the red carpet. I’m not that person who knows how to work it. I try to channel Beyoncé. I do the same pose every time. I try not to dread that kind of stuff, but I do get incensed and think, ‘How can they [the media] write this?'”
Graham stopped by PEOPLE Now to answer rapid-fire questions, which prompted the model to recount the moment she felt most starstruck. “The last time I was starstruck was with Beyoncé,” Graham said. “I got to meet her twice in one week. How about that?”
Wonder Woman herself turned to Queen Bey right before doing a camera test for 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. “That was torture,” Gadot admitted of the experience. “They were looking at six or seven girls, and we were all in separate trailers and were told to stay inside until they called us.” So how did the mom of two beat her nerves? With Queen Bey. “Who runs the world? Girls!” said Gadot, quoting Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls).” She added, “I just started to dance, and I let my anxiety go. Thank you, Beyoncé!”
Union is one lucky lady! The actress is not only a big fan of Beyoncé (who isn’t?!) but she’s also friends with the superstar IRL – meaning she got to attend Queen Bey’s Formation tour and afterparty, following one of her N.Y.C. shows. “It was all a magical experience,” Union told PEOPLE of her star-studded night. But when the Birth of a Nation actress was asked for deets, mum was the word. “It was like Fight Club. First rule of Fight Club, don’t talk about Fight Club, make sure you get invited back to Fight Club.”
The Shallows actress literally can’t even when it comes to talking about pal Beyoncé – particularly when asked about Bey’s 2013 Super Bowl performance. “Oh my gosh, I just want Beyoncé to be the mother of my children,” she told E!. “She was amazing. I can’t, I can’t even. I don’t even have words for her.”
You know it’s love when you can’t help but cry-dance upon hearing a Beyoncé song. “I know I love Beyoncé, but I didn’t realize how much I loved Beyoncé until the DJ played ‘Love On Top’ and I cry-danced,” Teigen tweeted, following her wedding to John Legend in 2013.
Minaj is no stranger to Bey’s greatness: After the pair collaborated on a remix of Beyoncé’s “Flawless” and “I’m Feeling Myself,” which appeared on 2014’s The Pinkprint, the two started double-dating with their men, JAY-Z and Meek Mill. “They were so giving with advice,” Minaj told Billboard in 2015, adding that she also “learns so much” whenever she works with Beyoncé. “I love them so much. It was just a beautiful conversation to have with people we love and we look up to as a couple. They’re so strong.”
Sure, Beyoncé is known to get serious when it comes to her projects, but that doesn’t mean the star is all work and no play – which Lady Gaga made apparent when she opened up to MTV about working alongside the “Daddy Lessons” singer on 2008’s “Video Phone.” “You know, [Beyoncé] is such a beautiful person, and I gotta tell you, I just adore her,” said Gaga. “I had kind of lost faith a little bit in meeting artists in the business – and then I met Beyoncé. She is a real, real woman. I have never laughed so hard on a video set in my life. We had the best time doing ‘Video Phone.’ “
“It’s like, normal for everyone to love Beyoncé, but I love her more than that amount, like more than the normal amount,” Swift revealed to Kiss FMUK in 2015. “I try really hard not to let it get creepy. I just really like, channel it into a joyous admiration and appreciation. She’s awesome.”
Throwback! When asked about who she admires in the music business back in 2005, the “Work” singer was quick to drop Bey’s name. “[The career I respect most is] Beyoncé’s. Definitely,” she said during the Jingle Ball concert. “I just thought, the first thing I saw was her beauty and how beautiful she was and I listened to her music and I loved her music. She’s incredibly talented I think she’s what every female artist should strive to be like. Despite all her success, she still remains humble.”
The Pitch Perfect star might just have the best Beyoncé encounter story of all time. “I know everybody is, but I’m obsessed with Beyoncé. And I walked past Beyoncé at one point [during the 2014 Grammys] and because I’m not worthy I did not look at her,” she tells Conan O’Brien on his late-night talk show. “I thought it’s once in a lifetime just do it, I went back and I was like ‘I’m so sorry to do this, I just wanted to meet you. You’re such an inspiration.’ And she stood up – she was so nice – and she points to JAY-Z and says ‘We just watched you in the Kennedy Show Honors. You’re so great, you’re so cute in your little red dress,’ and she saw I had a little red dress, which means she actually watched it! Or it means I had a stroke and I imagined the whole thing.”
The rapper has a lot of feelings when it comes to Beyoncé, who he has previously called his “little sister” during one of his performances. “Nobody really wants to recognize that Beyoncé is the f—in’ living legend and that she is just as great if not greater than the artists that we had in the past,” West said in an interview. “She’s probably greater than Tina Turner.”
The lifestyle guru has been known to have a tight-knit relationship with the Grammy winner and her family, as is evidenced on social media (even their daughters hang out!) In an interview with Howard Stern, Paltrow called Beyoncé and husband JAY-Z two of her “best famous friends.” “They’re the greatest people,” she gushes. “They are funny and sweet and self-aware and really intelligent.”