Oprah Winfrey has always made it her mission to set the intention, and if the intention does not sit well with her spirit during a production, she will not go through with it. Despite turning down multiple interviews if it didn’t serve a purpose to influence, she would decline. As she ventures on her new journey with Apple, her mission remains the same, to constantly inspire and motivate.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s Empowerment issue, the billionaire media mogul emphasizes on how she’s ready to tackle the discussion of mental health sexual abuse and discrimination even further than she has.
“Apple exposes you to a whole lot more people. The thing that I’m really, really excited about – as I said that day – is creating the world’s largest book club. And if I want to do a film or doc series… The best place for [my docuseries on mental health] is not on OWN. Because you don’t have the bandwidth and you have to create a completely different audience and then you have to have marketing.”
She’s not stopping there. She is going to continue bringing awareness to all these issues and ensuring that her content is relatable to everyone and not just those involved in the industry.
“My mission is always about letting other people know. You’re not alone. Obviously, we’re going to do the women in Hollywood and in the music business, but what was important to me was to be inclusive of waitresses and factory workers and nurses and nuns and people who you’d never imagine, so that the world can see themselves in their stories. I’ve been adamant that if you only tell the Hollywood story, you can only be partially heard.”
Earlier in the year, Winfrey was involved in HBO’s Leaving Neverland where she received a lot of backlash. She explained her reasoning, emphasizing on the importance of oepning up the discussion for victims of sexual abuse.
“I really wanted to talk to not just the guys but other people who were seeing it because I knew that people were going to be triggered by it. I knew that there would be people who would be re-traumatized by it and would see themselves in it, and I thought, ‘I can help thread the needle of what is actually happening here.'”