In a new interview with The Hollywood Report, Tyler Perry opens up about his career and the life lessons he’s learned along the way.
When the actor, writer and director was asked about who Perry’s role models in the business were growing up, he reveals he admired both Oprah and Bill Cosby as a boy.
Their shows like “The Cosby Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” were mirrors to his future success. Why? “Because we had the same colour skin,” he says. “It let me know that it was possible,” he continues.
Perry reveals that while he could admire figures like Steven Spielberg, who is also an idol of his, he couldn’t exactly relate to him. “I didn’t think I could be Steven Spielberg,” he says.
“That wasn’t an example that was set for me. But seeing someone with my same colour skin make it, be successful, own their product, own their show and have their own path made me go, ‘Okay, there’s something here, and you can do it, too,’” Perry admits.
When asked about the sexual assault case Cosby has been facing for the past few years, Perry says the entire circumstance is unfortunate.
“It’s such an awful situation. It’s so sad; you have all of these women saying all of these things… All I can say about it, it’s heartbreaking at so many levels,” Perry says.