Oprah Says She Has No Regrets About Not Starting A Family

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By: Camille Augustin / December 12, 2013

In her cover story for the Hollywood Reporter’s 2013 Women In Entertainment Power 100 Issue, Oprah Winfrey discussed taking her acting talent to Broadway, the importance of giving back, and why she holds no regrets on not having kids.

During the sit-down, the 59-year-old recalled the time she was in a Home Economics class with best friend Gayle King. While Gayle was etching her future offsprings’ names, Oprah said she was cooking up ideas on how she could become Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“If I had kids, my kids would hate me. They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them,” the businesswoman said.

Check out a few excerpts below to see what the OWN leader had to say about Broadway and sharing her wealth.

On giving back since she was young:
“I’d collect [my lunch money] in a little cup and take it back to church on Sunday to give to the starving children of Costa Rica. I always felt that whatever you have, you have to share it.”

On moving from the silver screen to the Broadway stage:
“It’s something I would like to do, but I’d like to get settled in my house, have a life and then make the next move. I’d just like to be in the space where I really feel like I have nothing to prove.” Is she close? “I think I’m just about there.”