Oprah Winfrey Once Received a Shockingly Low Salary for a Steven Spielberg Film
Oprah Winfrey is a highly successful talk show host. But apart from this, many do not know that she is also an actress, who has appeared in several films.
‘The Purple Color’
You can see her talent in acting in the 1985 film ‘The Purple Color.’ Steven Spielberg helmed the movie, so you can expect nothing short of a masterpiece.
The movie, which is based on the Alice Walker novel under the same name, revolves around a 14-year-old girl Celie Harris and the problems African-American women faced during the 20th century. The viewers witnessed how the young lady grew up amid the hardships.
Oprah portrayed Sofia, the fiancé of Albert’s son in ‘The Purple Color.’ The talk show host’s character frequently got into fights with her partner.
The coming-of-age drama was a success, to say the least, and critics praised the film for its cinematography and astounding performances. As such, one would expect that the actors as well as the director walked away with massive paychecks.
Well, not for Oprah. She only went home with a meek $35,000. The reason behind such a small amount is because, at the time of the release, she was still relatively unpopular.
Even before she became one of the highly celebrated talk show hosts, Oprah first struggled to act in front of the camera. This was definitely a stark contrast to what she has become today and her wealth is a testament to that. Her estimated net worth is a whopping $3.5 million from different ventures.
How Oprah Felt about The Part
Here’s a fun fact: Oprah wasn’t confident in taking the role of Sofia. She wasn’t just hesitant, she was awfully terrified of the part due to her reservations about acting.
As such, Oprah was scared she would be fired because she once heard about someone getting axed from another film. What frightened her the most was the fact that she had no idea that actors can get fired from movies.
In her first scene, she accidentally stared directly into the camera as she delivered her lines. This may be because she had done TV prior to snatching the part. However, Oprah redeemed herself by learning the skills needed in shooting a movie.
Although she learned the ropes in acting, Oprah still feels intimidated about the craft. Her nervousness on the set showed that she’s just a human being like us.
As such, it’s only normal to feel scared and terrified on the first day at work, especially if you are working with big names. However, don’t let this stop you from learning from the industry you are in and how you can improve yourself.
More in Entertainment
Thinking of Starting a Business? 3 Industries Rife with Opportunities Even During the Pandemic
With most businesses already struggling, you might think the pandemic isn’t the best time to start one of your own. While...October 21, 2020
Tiger King Joe Exotic Won’t Let Prison Stop Him From Getting Justice… and Millions off Dollars
As Americans were gearing up to spend more of their time inside their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic, Netflix released...April 18, 2020
YouTuber Emma Chamberlain Can Already Afford This Multimillion Purchase and She’s Only 18
Internet celebrities like YouTube stars and social media influencers are sometimes looked down upon. For some, this segment of entertainers and...April 18, 2020
Wealthiest U.S. Congressmen Did Something Suspicious Before the Stockmarket Crash and People Are Livid
The general public may have only had a vague idea of who Kelly Loeffler is a couple of weeks ago. But...April 18, 2020
Mistakes All Dog Owners Should Avoid at All Costs, According to Veterinarians
Many people take pride in being a dog mom or dad. What a lot of them may overlook though is the...April 18, 2020
Adam Neumann Loses His Golden Parachute: Is Bankruptcy on the Horizon?
It’s no secret that businessman Adam Neumann has been in hot water as of late. As the controversy surrounding his company,...April 18, 2020
Meet the Man Behind Residential Tokyo Who Was Once the World’s Richest Person
The young people of today grew up to the Microsoft founder Bill Gates being the richest man in the world. Before...April 18, 2020
How Candy Heiress Jacqueline Mars Became One of the Richest Women in America
When people talk about heiresses, the conversation frequently leads to the likes of celebutante Paris Hilton. On the other end of...April 18, 2020
Is Daniel Craig Done Playing James Bond? Here Are All the Facts You Need to Know
Daniel Craig may not be everybody’s favorite James Bond actor but he still holds the honor of being the one to...April 18, 2020