For the first time in the show’s history, Oprah Winfrey blessed the ladies of CBS’s The Talk with her presence. The media mogul stopped by to talk about her upcoming movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
“I was a little scared of this role, and for five years had other people in mind to play it… because I’m not as experienced an actor as most of the people that I work with,” Oprah confessed about playing the daughter of Mrs. Lacks, the Baltimore woman who’s cells were used in countless medical innovations.
The 63-year-old also talked about her relationship with Ava DuVernay, whose film A Wrinkle in Time she stars in, alongside Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon.
“Ava has become a dear, dear friend of mine,” she says. “I feel about Ava the way Maya [Angelou] felt about me. I see her rise and I’m like, ‘Ah, I’m so proud.’ I love to be a part of that.”
But acting aside, Oprah does miss daytime talk. During the interview, she dished about her years hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show, crazy rumors and new role on 60 Minutes.
“I miss the platform and having the opportunity to talk to people,” she said about leaving her iconic daytime talk show. “I was a little lost after the show. After 25 years with an organized schedule, and then to not have a schedule it’s like, what do you do? So that’s why I’m excited about my role with 60 Minutes.”
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Oprah knew her show should end when producers were talking about taking the audience into outer space via the help of billionaire, Richard Branson.
In addition to A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay is the program creator behind OWN’s hit show Queen Sugar, on Oprah’s network.