Beatriz was recording a very apt song for the film — "Waiting on a Miracle."
Disney's Encanto premiered in November last year. The story follows a multigenerational matriarch-led Colombian family, the Madrigals. The children and grandchildren receive magical powers that help them serve the people in their community, Encanto. But Mirabel Madrigal does not receive this miraculous gift of magic. But she is also the first to notice that the family is losing their magic and she sets out to find out what is happening in order to save her family.
The animated musical received raving reviews and had two songs topping the Billboard charts as well. It starred Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel. The film dealt with magical miracles and the actor was dealing with miracles of her own as well.
In a recent interview with Variety, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actress revealed, that she went into labor while recording a very apt song for the film. Beatriz was recording the final rendition of Waiting on a Miracle at the time. "I didn’t want to tell anybody at Disney because I didn’t want anyone to freak out," she shared, "but I was already having some contractions when we were scheduled to record that day. I was like 'Well, fingers crossed I finish the song before [the baby] comes!'" Beatriz gave birth to her daughter, Rosaline, the very next day. She is married to filmmaker Brad Hoss.
Director Byron Howard was also left in the dark. "We knew she was very, very, very, very ready to have that baby. But she did not tell us she was almost, almost ready," he said. Lin-Manuel Miranda even noted that she was singing the song while waiting for her very own miracle. Speaking about her pregnancy she told Today, "Your body does weird stuff when you’re preggs. Like burping at weird times or, like, you’re just sitting and then all of a sudden you stand up and your back’s like, 'No, no, no. No, we’re not doing that that fast.'"
She added, "For some people, it’s a very difficult journey, so I always want to think about how respectful I want to be to everyone’s journey as a pregnant person, and I’m having a pretty good time. It’s pretty cool."
Beatriz also shared her experience playing Mirabel and said, "Most of [my roles] I disappear into the character, and in a weird way it’s the same with this because it’s the most 'like me' role I’ve ever played, yet I’ve disappeared. It’s not my face, it’s an animated person." She has been lending her voice to many animated characters before this including the voice of Batwoman in Catwoman: Hunted and for Chimi in Maya and the Three among other roles.