Oprah Chats With Actor David Oyelowo
“Oprah Prime” celebrates the life of Dr. King and the Selma marches 50 years later.
The episode features an in-depth conversation with the star of the upcoming film “Selma,” acclaimed actor David Oyelowo who portrays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., along with the film’s award-winning director Ava DuVernay. The episode will also feature stories of those who were impacted by the march and their reflections today on that time in American history.
David Oyelowo, 38, stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the film Selma. Born in England and raised in his parents’ native Nigeria, David earned a scholarship to the distinguished London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and went on to become the first black actor to play an English king at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Still, David says his father wasn’t totally supportive when he first told him he wanted to be an actor after “sneakily applying for drama school.”
“Being an artist, being an actor for a Nigerian family, is bizarre,” he says. “This is not a proper job.” In the video above, David shares the key argument that changed his father’s mind.
Tune in Sunday, January 4, at 9/8c.
About “Oprah Prime: Celebrating Dr. King and The Selma Marches 50 Years Later:”
Oprah sits down with acclaimed actor David Oyelowo, star of the upcoming feature film “Selma,” along with the film’s award-winning director Ava DuVernay, for a conversation about the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic and that important time in the history of the civil rights movement. In the episode, David shares with Oprah his seven-year-journey to portraying Martin Luther King, Jr., and how he never lost sight of his vision that he would someday play the role of the civil rights leader. Oprah also discusses with Ava her own path to the film and what it means to be a female, African-American director in Hollywood whose film is garnering award season buzz and critical acclaim.
The episode will also feature stories of those who were impacted by the march and their reflections today on that time in American history. “Selma,” which opens nationwide January 9, chronicles the 1965 Selma to Montgomery protest marches in Alabama led by a group of brave men and women in the fight for equal voting rights. These marches ultimately led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a landmark achievement of the Civil Rights Movement that prohibits racial discrimination in voting. “Oprah Prime” is produced by Harpo Studios, and is executive produced by Andrea Wishom and Tara Montgomery. #OprahPrime