"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," says 12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o (far left). Winfrey's memorable advice on her first movie, The Color Purple: "So that night, I was in my motel room, crying. [Actor] Adolph Caesar heard me on the other side of the wall. He comes and knocks on the door, and says, 'What is all of this goddamn noise?' He gave me the greatest acting lesson. He said: 'You need to learn to give yourself over to the character. Let the character take control. And if she wants to cry, she'll cry, and if she doesn't, not even Steven Spielberg can make her.' " The Fruitvale Station actress shared her excitement for women onscreen: "Well, you have a fresh crop of female writers, and men are writing better parts for women and realizing that women can open films," says Spencer. "I think we're making strides. We're not there yet, but I'm really excited about the past couple of years."I didn't know anything about acting," Winfrey said as she reminisced about her first experience on set. "I'd never even been to Universal Studios. So I walked in -- first scene, first day, Steven Spielberg -- and I looked directly in the camera because that's what you do on television. I walked in and went, "How you doing, Miss Celie?" And he went, 'Cut! Cut! Cut! What is wrong with you?' And I'm standing there, trembling. 'Where are you looking?' I go, 'I'm looking at the camera.' He goes, 'Miss Celie's over there!' [I was] terrified."Check out more insights from the roundtable in the video below.
Sidebar: I love these kinds of exchanges, You learn so much more about people and their experiences in these roundtables.