In the accompanying interview, McDonald—who stars in Broadway’s Shuffle Along starting March 15—explained that she feels like the same person, despite all the accolades.
“I thought I would feel different [after winning my sixth Tony]—that I would finally figure out how to organize my underwear drawer,” she said. “I’m grateful and blown away by it all, but I’m still me. I still have work to do.”
Essence’s April issue hits newsstands March 18.