Naturi Naughton Expecting First Child: “Everything’s More Purposeful.”

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Naturi Naughton’s incredible smile and “don’t-take-no-mess” persona she portrays in the hit show, POWER, are just a couple of the reasons why so many fans love her. Throughout her career on film and in music she’s been a scene-stealer with her talent, but now someone else will be getting all the shine: her new child that is on the way.

“It’s been a little surreal, but I feel really good, healthy and strong,” the star, 32, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview about her pregnancy.

The pregnancy came as a surprise to Naughton and her longtime boyfriend Ben, but “it’s such a blessing,” she says.

“I feel like being pregnant and entering this new stage has made me stronger and more excited about life in general. Everything seems so much more purposeful.”