During an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Jamie admitted that before his big win in 2005, he started drinking and partying way more than he should and, if it wasn’t for Oprah, he could have gone down a harsh trajectory to failure.
He explained that she called him and told him plainly that he was ruining his career.
“All of this gallivanting and all this kind of s**t, that’s not what you want to do,” she told him. “I want to take you somewhere.”
From there, he said she planned an intervention for him at Quincy Jones‘s house with other notable Black actors present, including fellow Oscar winner Sidney Poitier. They all played a part in the meeting to get Jamie to recommit to his career.