First talking with Oprah about her gift for making people cry, Corden noted, “My worry when I woke up this morning was I don’t know if I can make it through this interview without crying, because you seem to have an unbelieveable gift. Even now I can feel myself tearing up.”
Oprah revealed that she first started trying to make people cry early in her career as an interviewer, but now she makes an effort to avoid the waterworks. Reese noted that she got teary during her 2005 interview with Oprah after a simple conversation about books.
Corden then challenged the 64-year-old former talk show host to make him immediately burst into tears, and, boy, did she deliver.
Placing one hand on Corden’s hand and one on his shoulder and looking into his eyes, Oprah began by bringing up Corden’s three children.
“Charlotte, Carey, Max – once on my show a father said, ‘Every father has a dream for his children,’” Oprah began, prompting Corden to say, “Shut up!” and wipe tears away. “And his deepest regret in life will be if he doesn’t fulfill that dream for his children.”
Corden didn’t hold back then, jokingly declaring, “Oh, you’re a joke,” as he wiped away his tears, asking, “Who are you?! You have to stop! You just can’t roll out people’s children’s names like that.”
Later in the evening, Oprah went for some laughs as she did a hilarious impression of an over eager Reese. Throwing in plenty of “y’alls,” she got her Wrinkle in Time co-star down pat. While Reese appreciated the impression, she also returned the favor, imitating Oprah’s deep, wise voice and Mindy’s high-energy questions. Watch the clip now to see them deliver!
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The Harvey Weinstein scandal definitely had far-reaching effects when it comes to Hollywood’s biggest A-listers.
Oprah Winfrey recently chatted with Salma Hayek as part of her Super Soul Sunday Conversation special, when she revealed that her Wrinkle in Time co-star, Reese Witherspoon, was also greatly affected by the Weinstein scandal when it first broke last October. Winfrey said Witherspoon was showing signs of suffering from PTSD, including crying at the mention of Weinstein’s name and not being able to sleep.
“I was on set with Reese Witherspoon, who has since spoken out … and some other actresses, who haven’t spoken out, so I won’t say who they were, and this was like two days after the Harvey scandal had broken in The New York Times,” Winfrey said. “Everyone, including Reese — I’ve said this to her — was acting like, I was seeing some of the girls at my school behave, who were suffering from PTSD. Everybody was acting like they were afraid and they were having the conversation.”
“And I remember Reese saying, ‘Oh god, this is just so upsetting. And someone mentions his name, I start tearing up. And every time I hear someone else speak, it just causes me to be upset and I haven’t slept in two days,'” Winfrey recalled. “So I said, ‘Jeez, you guys are suffering from PTSD. Did something happen to you?’ Nobody said anything at the time.”
During Hayek and Winfrey’s candid conversation, Hayek also said she was suffering from PTSD due to her experience with Weinstein during filming for 2002’s critically acclaimed Frida. Hayek detailed her allegations against Weinstein in a December op-ed for The New York Times.
“They contacted me to be a part of the first story, The New York Times… already I started crying when they asked, and I ended up not doing it,” Hayek told Winfrey. “I started crying because [I had PTSD].”
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Last October, Witherspoon revealed that she too has been a victim of sexual harassment and assault during an emotional speech at Elle‘s 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration.
“I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly, and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I’ve been having about anxiety, honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier,” she said. “[I feel] true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment.”
“I wish that I could tell you that was an isolated incident in my career, but sadly it wasn’t,” she continued. “I’ve had multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault and I don’t speak about them very often.”
Witherspoon also spoke to Winfrey recently as part of Super Soul Sunday, where she opened up about leaving an abusive relationship.
Before they were landing coveted covers like Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue, these celebrities had, as Oprah Winfrey would call it, an aha moment.
Winfrey joins Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, Michael B. Jordan, Jessica Chastain, Zendaya, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Michael Shannon, Gal Gadot, Claire Foy and VF‘s editor Graydon Carter on the magazine’s cover, which was shot by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz.
In a video accompanying the issue, which is available nationwide on Feb. 6, the stars are asked, “What has forged you to create your own authentic path throughout your career?”
Of course, Winfrey was thrilled to answer this question. “OK, so here’s the authenticity moment,” she begins. “Laughing at myself as a young TV anchor woman, I had this moment where I realized I can be a better me than I can be a pretend Barbara Walters — and that’s what changed my life. From that moment forward, I felt more like talking like myself and being like myself.”
Dropping even more wisdom, Winfrey continues, “Your ability to show the truth of you is also somebody else’s truth and that when people can see that, that is what they’re relating to.”
Witherspoon also shares what has kept her going in this business. “Whenever I accomplished something, instead of feeling good about it, I was always pushing myself to think, ‘Well, what now? What’s next?’ I’m just really obsessed with learning and pushing myself to be knowledgeable about things I don’t know.”
As for Kidman, she says she got into acting because it serves as an “outlet” for all her emotions. “That’s what pulls me through,” she explains. “That’s my authentic self.”
When Hanks is asked about authenticity, he ponders the age-old question, “What is your big break?”
“In truth, the big break is the very first time anybody asks you to do it professionally,” he shares. “That’s the break that begins everything else. But really, the only reason you’re doing it is for the sheer joyful experience.”
The release of the star-studded cover comes just a few days after the Oscar nominations were announced. Here’s a look at this year’s nominees: