The last time Oprah Winfrey was seen on the big screen was fifteen years ago in the film “Beloved”, a drama she not only starred in but produced as well. The media mogul and actress makes her return in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” which opens tomorrow in theaters across the country playing the wife of the title character.
At the Los Angeles premiere for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” earlier this week Winfrey was asked by HollyScoop what motivated her to step back into the acting world.
“It’s through the eyes of this beautiful family, this connected, loving, nurturing African-American family and so often people do not see us in those kinds of roles.”
Winfrey’s other credits as an actress include the television movies “The Women of Brewster Place” and “There are No Children Here”. She also provided the voice for the character Eudora in 2009’s “The Princess and the Frog”.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” which tells the story of a sharecropper’s son who grows up to work as a White House butler for eight US presidents opens nationwide Friday, August 16.