Roundtable: Oprah Winfrey and 5 Top Actresses on Crying for Spielberg and 'Muff Shots'

9:00 AM PST 11/25/2013 by Stephen Galloway , Matthew Belloni
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Amy Adams, Emma Thompson, Julia Roberts, Octavia Spencer and "12 Years a Slave's" Lupita Nyong'o on their scariest on-set moments, dumb audition moments and kissing Meryl Streep.

ROBERTS: I try to perform bedtime stories, but my kids always say, "Just do your mommy voice."

THOMPSON: Oh, I just try and stop showing off for 10 bloody minutes. Because you can't keep on giving out all that energy. You know, you have to go away and recharge.

WINFREY: Thank you for saying that because I love spending so much time alone; sometimes my best friend Gayle says, "What are you doing?" I say, "I'm just alone with my thoughts." I have to retreat because you're giving out so much energy all the time.

SPENCER: You have to take a second away. For me, writing is a way to …

ROBERTS: Oh, you wrote your book. I have to get that for my Hazel.

What's the book?

SPENCER: Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective. I'm a big mystery buff.

Is that why you're doing NBC's Murder, She Wrote pilot? Because you like mysteries?

ROBERTS: Wait a minute, Murder, She Wrote is still on TV?

THOMPSON: Are you going to be Angela Lansbury?

SPENCER: I'm not …

THOMPSON: Are you not permitted to say?

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SPENCER: Really, yeah. But I'm a short, cute, chubby woman. There are fewer and fewer roles that I haven't done already, or archetypes that I haven't played, and to break out of that box, the most interesting stuff is television.

Whose career would you love to emulate?

NYONG'O: Hold on. (Takes a tissue.) When I was a little girl, the first time I thought I could be an actor was when I watched The Color Purple.

WINFREY: Oh my God, give me a tissue.

NYONG'O: I grew up in Kenya, and a lot of our programming was from all over the world, and we didn't see ourselves onscreen. It was very rare that you'd see people that look like me. And there was Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah and everything. It's so meaningful to be sitting here beside you.

WINFREY: It is equally meaningful for me.

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