In an interview with Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday, Jamie Foxx opened up about how Oprah Winfrey saved his career.
Foxx,49, revealed that Winfrey staged an intervention for him when his out of control partying threatened his career in the months following the release of the 2004 biopic Ray.
“I’m having such a good time and I’m not knowing I’m f****ng up,” Foxx told Stern, referring to the hard-drinking, indulgent lifestyle he fell into during the 2004-2005 awards season, when he was the odds-on favorite to win the Oscar.
Foxx, who said he was “doing every f****ng think you could possibly imagine” at the time, revealed that he eventually received an unexpected call from Winfrey, who told him, “You’re blowing it.”
“[She said], ‘All of this gallivanting and all this kind of s**t, that’s not what you want to do… want to take you somewhere. Make you understand the significance of what you’re doing.'”
The intervention featured some of the most esteemed black actors from the ’60s and the ’70s. One of those actors, the legendary Sidney Poitier, had a real impact on Foxx.
According to Foxx, Poitier told Foxx, “I want to give you responsibility. When I saw your performance [in Ray], it made me grow two inches.”
Foxx said that, in that moment, he broke down in tears, and those at the meeting made Foxx understand “the significance” of Poitier’s accomplishment.
“To this day, it’s the most significant time in my life,” Foxx shared.
Foxx went on the win the Academy Award for his performance in Ray, as well as a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Foxx was the third African-American actor to win the Oscar, following Poitier and Denzel Washington,