*Following in the footsteps of his mentor Oprah Winfrey, home-makeover guru Nate Berkus has become an executive producer on a film — the highly-anticipated “The Help,” based on Kathryn Stockett’s bestseller about a secret sisterhood of women in 1960s Mississippi.
Wednesday’s episode of “The Nate Berkus Show” gives a sneak peak at the film with behind-the-scenes footage, as well as drop-in visits from costars Allison Janney and Octavia Spencer.
The film stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Oscar-nominated Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the civil rights era who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times. [Watch a featurette below.]
“I’ve been really nervous because this is my first time working in movies but now that I’ve seen the finished film I’m elated,” says Berkus, who came on board even before “The Help” was published and helped connect the filmmakers with financing.
“We were all ecstatic when the book hit No. 1 in the New York Times but that didn’t mean it would automatically become the film Kathryn had envisioned,” Berkus says. “When a great book makes it to the screen as a great movie, it’s no small miracle.”
Those who’ve seen “The Help” are predicting Oscar love, especially for Spencer’s breakout performance. “That is just too exciting to even think about,” says Berkus with a laugh. “If it were to happen it would be too insane!”