The media mogul has revealed how the horror flick contributed to her six week bout with depression.
In a new interview, Oprah says she suffered with depression after her 1998 film Beloved tanked at the box office.
“I got a call from someone at the studio, and they said, ‘It’s over. You got beat by ‘Chucky,'” she recounted to Vogue. “And I said, ‘Who’s “Chucky?’ What do you mean it’s over? It’s just Saturday morning!’ I knew nothing about box-office projections or weekend openings…and so began my long plunge into food and depression and suppressing all my feelings.”
During its opening weekend Beloved earned $8.1 million and came in behind Bride of Chucky, which toppped the box office with $11.8 million.
Oprah was heavily invested in Beloved having not only starred in the movie but also bought the film rights to the Toni Morrison novel and was instrumental in adapting it for the big screen.
“I actually started to think, maybe I really am depressed. Because it’s more than ‘I feel bad about this.’ I felt like I was behind a veil,” she continued. “I felt like what many people had described over the years on my show, and I could never imagine it. What’s depression? Why don’t you just pick yourself up?”
After six weeks, the former daytime talk show host began to turn things around.
“That’s when the gratitude practice became really strong for me, because it’s hard to remain sad if you’re focused on what you have instead of what you don’t have,” she added. “It taught me to never again, never again, ever, put all of your hopes, expectations, eggs in the basket of box office. Do the work as an offering, and then whatever happens, happens.”