Jamie Foxx has been able to avoid the bad behaviour and nasty vices that have bogged down so many young stars over the years, but he admits he was on a downward spiral until someone gave him a much-needed wake up call to tell him he was “blowing it.”
That someone, Foxx revealed in on Tuesday in an interview with “The Howard Stern Show”, was none other than Oprah Winfrey!
At the time, Foxx had been winning critical acclaim for his performance of Ray Charles in the biopic “Ray”, accolades that had him celebrating more than he should have been.
“I’m having such a good time and I’m not knowing I’m f**king up,” Foxx told Stern. “I’m drinking… I’m doing every f**king thing you could possibly imagine.”
Then Oprah called.
“You’re blowing it, Jamie Foxx,” he recalls Winfrey telling him. “All of this gallivanting and all this kind of s**t, that’s not what you want to do … I want to take you somewhere. Make you understand the significance of what you’re doing.”
She took him to the home of legendary producer Quincy Jones, where Foxx encountered “all these old actors. 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.'”
Winfrey then introduced him to Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.
“I want to give you responsibility … When I saw your performance, it made me grow two inches,” Poiter told him, words he admits caused him to break down in tears.
“To this day, it’s the most significant time in my life where it was, like, a chance to grow up,” he recalled. He subsequently won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in “Ray”.
That wasn’t the only celebrity encounter Foxx shared on the Stern show; check out this anecdote about his first meeting with Prince: