*On Nov. 9 in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter sat the hottest actresses of the 2014 award season at one table for “an amazingly candid conversation.” [Scroll down to watch the full interview.]
The magazine’s annual “Actress Roundtable” for 2014 included “12 Years a Slave’s” Lupita Nyong’o, 30; Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”), 54; Amy Adams (“American Hustle,” “Her”), 39; Oprah Winfrey (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”), 60; Julia Roberts (“August: Osage County”), 46, and Octavia Spencer (“Fruitvale Station”), 43.
Below, one question from the interview :
QUESTION: What’s the best or worst piece of advice you’ve been given in Hollywood?
JULIA ROBERTS: It’s going to be a long hour.
OCTAVIA SPENCER: Well, I’ll break that ice. When I first started acting, my acting teacher said, “Imagine if you’re doing a scene and someone is out in the hall. If it sounds like you’re doing a scene, you’re doing a scene. If it sounds like you’re actually having a conversation, you’re having a conversation.”
Dang, it must be nice to be Kevin Hart.
Seems like everything the brother touches turns to gold or more precisely, money.
Armond White & Steve McQueen
*Wow, this Armond White dude is a real trip!
As we reported (01-07-14), at the 69th annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards, White, a well-known and extremely controversial film critic for the New York City culture review City Arts reportedly made disparaging remarks about best director winner Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) as McQueen took the stage.
Like a lot of films he reviews, White – to put it mildly – hated McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” when he reviewed it back in October. But, as we said, he allegedly took things to a whole ‘nother level with his outrageous comments Monday night (01-06-14).
*As one of the richest and powerful people in the world, Oprah Winfrey has it all. Except children. And the former talk show queen is perfectly fine with that.
Chatting with The Hollywood Reporter, Lady O explained why things would be a bit different if she bought kids into the world.
“If I had kids, my kids would hate me,” Winfrey told THR. “They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them.”
Before she became a household name, Winfrey gave birth to a baby, who lived for a number of weeks before dying. As a result, the media mogul’s attitude towards having more children has been the same since her best friend Gayle King had a very different set of hopes and dreams.
“Gayle [now a mother of two] was the kind of kid who, in seventh grade home-ec class, was writing down her name and the names of her children,” Winfrey explained. “While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King.”
Oprah’s comments follow her Screen Actors Guild nomination on Wednesday for her work in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” The actress joins Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, who also voiced her comfort in not having children by telling the Reporter that her “”eggs are dying on the shelf.”