Oprah Winfrey looks poised and unbothered on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s Power 100 issue.
In the mag she opens up about her decision to not have kids, career highlights, and more.
She has famously never married or had children, although has been in a relationship with her ‘Honey Graham‘ Stedman Graham since 1986.
But Oprah has no regrets, saying it would have been difficult making time for a family amid her busy career.
‘If I had kids, my kids would hate me,’ she tells The Hollywood Reporter. ‘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.’
Speaking of her busy career, it seems like Oprah’s done everything — from television to film, but could Broadway be next? She says:
“It’s something I would like to do, but I’d like to get settled in my house, have a life and then make the next move. I’d just like to be in the space where I really feel like I have nothing to prove.” Is she close? “I think I’m just about there.”
What advice does she have for new talk-show hosts?
“Don’t do it until you have 100 percent creative control to be yourself.” When she sensed that Harvey was straying, she called him up and told him, “I saw you in a chocolate factory trying to do that routine that Lucy and Ethel did. That’s not you. Don’t let people talk you into what they think is you.”
When [my producers] called me in and said, ‘I know, we could take the audience to outer space,’ I knew it was time to go.
She also spoke a little bit about what it’s like being Oprah and getting asked for money by family and friends.
“When you’re the most successful person in your family, in your neighborhood and in your town, everybody thinks you’re the First National Bank and you have to figure out for yourself where those boundaries are.[…]I got to the point where nobody ever asked me for anything less than $5,000. I felt pressured for a long time to say yes, because I thought, ‘I can’t lie and say I don’t have it. My salary is printed in the paper,’ ” she laughs, looking back at all her charity: “I’ve bought more houses and cars than I can even tell you.”
Check out the rest of the interview via The Hollywood Reporter.