Oprah Winfrey has always reassured guests after interviews
Winfrey admitted she was surprised when even Beyoncé needed reassurance after an interview.
LONDON - Oprah Winfrey's interviewees always worry whether they did "OK" in their on-camera chats, no matter how successful or comfortable they are with public speaking.
The 63-year-old talk show host has interviewed a number of high-profile stars over the years, including former President Barack Obama, actor Tom Cruise and pop superstars Madonna and Beyoncé, and regardless of the topics they cover, she knows there's always one thing guaranteed to happen.
Speaking on a panel at the Tribeca TV Festival, Winfrey said: "One of the great lessons, if there was a common denominator in the human experience of the [The Oprah Winfrey Show], which was my greatest teacher all those years, to me it is that everybody that I ever interviewed, after every interview, at some point somebody would say, 'How was that? Was that OK? How'd I do?'
"And that is whether it was Barack Obama, or Beyoncé, or the guy who murdered his kids, or the guy who molested kids, or somebody who'd been on and lost their family, at the end of every interview somebody would say, 'Was that OK?' "
However, Winfrey admitted she was surprised when even Beyoncé needed reassurance after an interview.
She added: "And after Beyoncé. I go, 'Girl, you're Beyoncé!’"
Despite her global success, Winfrey's first love was acting, but she recently admitted she finds working on movies intimidating.
During a conversation with her award-winning Wrinkle in Time co-star Reese Witherspoon, Winfrey admitted to being intimidated by the experience.
She recalled: "I just finished doing A Wrinkle in Time and I asked Witherspoon, 'How many movies have you done?' And she said, 'Oh, hundreds. Hundreds.' And I was thinking, 'I think I've done five. I hope she never asks me how many I've done.'
"And I always feel a bit intimidated where you're literally taking on the life of someone else."