Empire creator Lee Daniels told us on the red carpet of the Time 100 party that he cried when he read Oprah’s short essay about him in the magazine.
LEE DANIELS (who came with his mother)
Oprah wrote the essay about you. Were you like, ‘She’s not famous enough to write about me.’
– Ha, I was brought to tears. I read it in Paris and I was brought to tears.
Listen to you, I read it in Paris!
– No, I was promoting the show, I read it online.
Can you believe how Cookie has blown up?
– I write well for women, it’s really exciting. My partner and I write well for women, I write well for women.
A little of what Oprah write about Daniels:
That’s the reason actors love working with Lee. He forces you, in every breath, to stay in character. To find the bone-marrow truth in every scene, no matter what it takes to get there. He’s a truth seeker. “Less is more” is his credo. “Give me 1/8 of that” is one of my favorite notes from him.