The star, 31, is the voice of Queen Tara in the 3-D computer-animated family film Epic, in theaters May 24.
Q: When you were voicing your character, did you still go to the studio glamorously dressed? —Joyce O., Buffalo
A: Absolutely! I had to become Queen Tara, and she’s glamorous and strong. I’ve always wanted to play a queen. And she’s more than that; she’s fierce and powerful.
Q: If you had to describe yourself in four words, what would they be? —Anne E., Pawtucket, R.I.
A: Let’s see … loyal, ambitious, adventurous, and loving.
Q: Did becoming a mother make you closer to your mom? —Monica B., Lawrence, Kan.
A: We’ve always been close, but now I really appreciate everything she’s taught me, and I pass her life lessons along to my daughter [16-month-old Blue Ivy]. She’s a great mother and grandmother.
Q: Which artist would you like to perform a duet with? —Kathy W., Seaford, N.Y.
A: I was blessed to have recorded with Justin Timberlake recently and, years ago, with the late Luther Vandross. I would love to work with Adele and Bruno Mars.
Q: What’s your favorite food on tour? —Tim R., Aledo, Tex.
A: Since I dance onstage for two hours every day, sometimes I can have my favorite—pizza!
Online Extra: What’s her greatest accomplishment?
“My greatest accomplishment is giving birth to my beautiful daughter,” she says.