Taye Diggs on Childbirth: 'It Was Crazy'

10/16/2009 at 12:30 PM ET
AP/Courtesy of Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs

Calling wife Idina Menzel “a warrior” for delivering their 6-week-old son Walker Nathaniel naturally without pain medication, Taye Diggs opened up about the happy day during a Thursday visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“It was amazing. I was holding her hands and cheering her on,” he reveals. “I said I would look two times. I would look when the baby was crowning, and I wanted to look right when Walker came out.”

“Then when he came out, all of a sudden it was like my inner gangster came out. I was like, ‘Yeah baby, you did that thing, that’s what I’m talkin’ about, that’s my boy!'”

Adding that “it was crazy” and that he “couldn’t control” himself, Taye likened the experience to “the Super Bowl, World Series, World Cup, everything wrapped up into one.”

There were some tense moments leading up to Walker’s debut, and watching Idina experience childbirth in full was almost too much to bear. “When that first pain hit her and I saw her face, I was like, ‘Okay, I’m just going to be in this other room…'” the 38-year-old actor jokes.

Things got off to a far more mellow start, however. “There was something going on that morning, so we knew, ‘Okay, this is going to be a special day,”‘ Taye explains. “She said, ‘Go off to work, and if I need you, I’ll call you.'”

When that call came, Taye was ready!

“In the movies and on TV, you always hear everybody’s rushing, but everyone is telling me when it actually happens, there is no need to rush. There’s no need to speed. So on the way home, I was constantly telling myself, ‘Relax, relax, be cool.'”

After arriving at the hospital “the labor really start[ed] to kick in,” Taye added, and ultimately lasted between seven and eight hours.

Source: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

— Missy

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Lola Marie on

LOL @ “my inner gangster”! 😀

I♥CBB on

What a great interview!! The love he has for his family is written all over this face. Ellen is hilarious!! Can’t wait to see updated pics of Walker. I’m super happy for Taye, Idina and Walker. The new Diggs family!!! 🙂

mandii on

Awww, good for them! I just love hearing daddies tell their stories 🙂

fay on

lol @ taye having a “gangster” side… lol…

J.D. on

I love Taye Diggs. You can tell just how much he loves his family and its so sweet. Walker is such a cutie too.

Daisy on

LoL I adore this family…Taye is so sweet & funny!!

Kaylee on

Don’t really care for him as an actor, but I have to admit, I LOVED this interview! he sounds so sweet and in tune with his dw, good for them!

fuzibuni on

i always like hearing men describe the birth experience… they are usually a lot funnier than women’s stories 😉

Tam on

Wow just watching Taye talk about his son and wife puts a big smile on my face. I love the way he talks about his wife, he always has such positive things to say about her and that just makes me respect him even more. They are a beautiful couple and little Walker is adorable!

Kristin on

I absolutely adore him. Idina is one lucky woman!

Jen on

He is so funny I love him on Private Practice congrats to his wife and him. Walker such a nice name 🙂

Cindy K. on

I like the fact that the name has some substance to it. It’s different (there won’t be another Walker in his class), but it’s not a “weird” name like some of the others. Best wishes out to a guy that sounds like he’s definitely got his priorities in the right place!

Tina. on

thats awesome! i love taye and private practice!!! 😀 Walker`s a great name! 🙂

CTBmom on

There is no denying that Taye is a gorgeous man, but I am more attracted to him because of the obvious love and pride he has for his wife and son. Oh, and lol @ his “inner gangster” comment =)

Stella Bella on

This is so sweet!

Carrie on

I love the name! I have a 16 mon old daughter, Ella, but her name would have been Walker had she been a boy!!!

Colleen on

OMG, what a great interview. He looked so clean cut and handsome…LOVED the glasses on him as well. I always thought Taye and Idina were such an adorable couple…and the baby is truly gorgeous! he looked like he was smiling already in the picture. I can’t wait to see Idina in “Wicked.” She is such an awesome actress, and I know she is going to nail that part!!!!

Lola on

Awwwww, what a beautiful family!

This man is SO fine! Lucky wife. 🙂

meli on

awww, he’s to sweet!

taegan on

Another beautiful family, hope the son is as handsome as Daddy.

jaQ on

way to go, idina– a med-less birth is something to forever feel proud about. i’ve had two, and i can’t help but feel good about myself. due with number 3 this winter, however, i do intend to get myself some demerol and an epidural this time, if given the opportunity– some of us DO need to rush, taye– lol, my two were born in 2.5 hours, and 30 minutes, respectively. big rush for me!! 😛

finais on

jaQ – I feel ya! My daughter was born in roughly two hours! Also had a med-less birth, and I am proud of that. There is no pain like it.

Sarah on

“My Daddy Diggs Me” lol that’s so cute! Idina is one lucky, lucky gal. Congrats!

MW on

My mother’s maiden name is Walker,so if I ever have a son,that’s what I plan to name him. Taye Diggs is one of those actors that I don’t consciously seek out,but everytime I see him, I remember how much I like him and I wonder why I don’t make more an effort to find out when he’s appearing on something!

Kari on

I am real real proud of you Idina you did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!