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Willard, who played Oprah's onscreen husband, still remembers the day he and Oprah were offered roles in The Color Purple. He says they were sitting in Steven's office when they got the news.
"I'd auditioned with everybody—Whoopi, Danny, Rae Dawn—but I hadn't got the job," Willard says. "Then, we go and have a meeting. [Steven] paused and said, 'Well, Oprah, Willard—what we waiting on?' Then, he said, 'You got the job.'"
They were so excited, Oprah says they jumped up and knocked over the miniature space shuttles Steven had on his desk.