Playing the wife of a White House servant in Lee Daniels' The Butler is Oprah Winfrey's first starring role since the 1998 film Beloved—that's 15 years!
Her return to acting couldn't have been for a more star-studded film: She appears along side Forrest Whitaker, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Terrence Howard among several other big names.
For her role as Gloria Gaines, Oprah admitted she had to really put herself aside in order to really get into character.
"The fact that [director Lee Daniels] can make me, for a dance scene that now lasts less than 40 seconds, dance for six hours straight, and is going 'Faster, faster! More, more!' I think he gets a kick out of it," said Winfrey.
We're excited to see Oprah's moves in the upcoming film, which is set to debut in theaters everywhere Aug. 16.