Jennifer and this all-star lineup of talented performers and filmmakers had an intimate chat about creating this film adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical, which is itself based on the beloved 1985 Steven Spielberg film and the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 Alice Walker novel.
See below for details about how this musical movie came to be!
“The baton is officially passed,” Oprah recalled telling her after that scene, offering Danielle a big hug.
Danielle was initially hesitant to speak to Oprah when playing the role of Sofia in the Broadway production of the story.
“I was so shy… I didn’t want you to think I wanted anything from you. I was so nervous,” shared Danielle to Oprah.
When she was offered the role of Sofia in the film, Danielle finally decided to call Oprah. “We talked for a long time and she shared stories with me and gave me encouragement and advice — and she prayed over me,” said Danielle.
“You know if Oprah pray over you, she got a direct line to God, so you gonna be all right!” she laughed.
“She held my hand through this entire process but also let me fly and do my own thing, and I’m so appreciative,” added Danielle.