OnlyOnAOL: What makes 'Hamilton' star Renée Elise Goldsberry's heart sing

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Renée Elise Goldsberry on "Hamilton"

By: Donna Freydkin

It's her sweet 16.

Renée Elise Goldsberry, who plays the witty, clever, deeply intelligent sister-in-law of Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway smash 'Hamilton,' is now a Tony nominee for her performance. The musical itself earned a historic 16 nominations, and tickets remain as tough to get as – well, there's pretty much nothing tougher to get than 'Hamilton' tickets, so we rest our case.

"This whole awards thing is new for me. It's all new for 'Hamilton.' This is the first time I've ever been nominated for a Tony. It's a dream come true for me to even be on the list at all," says Goldsberry.

AOL Build Speaker Series - Renee Elise Goldsberry, "Hamilton"Creator and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda originated the musical Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in February 2015 and moved to the Great White Way in August. And Goldsberry originated the role of Angelica Schuyler Church, infusing the performance with cheekiness and charm. She's such a standout and an audience favorite -– would she ever consider a spinoff musical?

"I would! I don't have another job. That would be fun. I'd love to do that beuacse there's a lot about her that we'd love to still learn. I love playing a featured role," she says.

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Miranda is reportedly departing the show in July, and "whenever he leaves the show I'll miss him deeply because I love him," says Goldsberry.

She does eight shows a week –- no small feat given that Goldsberry has two young children and a husband. She retains her sanity by relying on her inner circle.

"It's about prayer and really good support systems. I have kids. I have a great husband and a great babysitter and great kids. There's always the threat of losing my mind but I haven't yet. I feel really supported," she says.

And yes, her son and daughter understand that mom is in a major, serious, groundbreaking musical smash. "I kind of think they do – even the 3-year-old. She's starting to say, 'When am I going to see the show?' Definitely my son, because the show is successful with kids," she says.

Steven Spielberg, Bill Clinton, Beyonce, Kanye West, Julianna Margulies – the list goes and on of folks who have been wowed by 'Hamilton.'

"I think I'm still realizing (its impact). I tend to make things small. I minimize things so I don't feel too overwhelmed. This is a hit show, and there will be another hit show and there were hit shows before. So far it's been every bit the phenomenon in my life that people seem to think it is," says Goldsberry.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Jay Z and Beyonce pose with the cast backstage at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on October 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Oprah Winfrey poses with the cast backstage at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Alex Lacamoire and Lin-Manuel Miranda pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Daveed Diggs and Jasmine Cephas Jones pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Austin Smith and Andrew Chappelle pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Alex Lacamoire, Phillipa Soo, Thayne Jasperson, Jonathan Groff, Morgan Marcell, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Daveed Diggs, Javier Munoz, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Lin-Manuel Miranda during the 'Hamilton' Original Broadway Cast Q & A and CD signing at Barnes & Noble on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Alicia Keys poses backstage with Lin Manuel Miranda and the cast at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on September 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Meryl Streep visits Andrew Chappelle from the cast of 'Hamilton' backstage after a performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Meryl Streep (R) visits Jon Rua from the cast of 'Hamilton' backstage after a performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Betsy Struxness with her chorus cast members during the Broadway Opening Night Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe Ceremony honoring Betsy Struxness of 'Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 6,, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Chorus cast members attend the 'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night After Party at Pier 60 on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
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