The pair recently portrayed their signature characters (Oprah as ‘Sofia’ from The Color Purple and Perry as ‘Madea’) to promote their joint content for OWN. Now, the pair is chopping it up with the magazine to chat about their friendship, future plans and more.
Oprah on how great it is she could collab with Perry:
“We both know how rare this is,” says Oprah. “Where else in the history of our African-American culture have two really, really successful people who can do whatever they want said, ‘Let’s come together and be even more powerful—let’s take it to the tenth power?'”
Perry on mixing their friendship with business:
“…The most important thing about coming together was making sure we would not lose our friendship because of the business. We had to establish ground rules. The main one: Both of us have to continue to live in our truth. If she doesn’t like something, say it. If I don’t like something, I’ll say it. And we’ll figure it out and keep moving on…”
“[It]challenged me to push myself in terms of my writing and level of thinking,” he says. “I’m hoping that the energy of our coming together will go out to other people.”
For more of their interview with Essence, pick up the June 2013 issue , which hits newsstands on May 10.