Oprah Winfrey is the GOAT in more ways than one.
During the height of Jamie Foxx’s career in 2004, right after winning the Oscar for the biopic Ray, the former talk show host reached out to him because she saw him going down a destructive path.
“I’m having such a good time and I’m not knowing I’m f*cking up,” the Oscar winner told Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday. “I’m drinking, I’m doing every f*cking thing you could possibly imagine.”
“You’re blowing it,” Oprah said during an initial phone call. ‘All of this gallivanting and all this kind of sh*t, that’s not what you want to do…want to take you somewhere. Make you understand the significance of what you’re doing.'”
And after that, Oprah took him to an intervention of sorts with Quincy Jones and fellow Oscar winner Sidney Poitier.
“We go in the house and there are all these old actors,” he recalled. “Black actors from the ’60s and the ’70s. Who look like they just want to say, ‘Good luck.’ They want to say, ‘Don’t blow it.'”
Foxx then mentioned that he grew emotional when Poitier gave him some encouragement and words of wisdom. Poitier told the actor, “I want to give you responsibility. When I saw your performance [in Ray], it made me grow two inches.”
“To this day, it’s the most significant time in my life,” Foxx added