People: Oprah Winfrey shared what her inspiration was for 'A Wrinkle in Time'

Ksenia Novikova
May 31, 2018
10:00 A.M.
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64-year-old Oprah Winfrey revealed that her onscreen character was a blend of Maya Angelou and Glinda the Good Witch.


Oprah Winfrey opened up about playing the role of Mrs. Which in the film, A Wrinkle In Time, in a People video. 

Winfrey shared that the role was a cross between the scholarly Maya Angelou, whom she considered her mentor and friend, and Glinda the Good Witch, who was her favorite mythical character.

Winfrey’s closeness to Angelou has been no secret, as Angelou had been a guest on the TV star’s shows multiple times, and she often shared lessons from Angelou with her audience.

In Winfrey’s words, she was only the vessel for portraying Mrs. Which, while in terms of the spirit of the character, it was made of a little bit of Glinda and a lot of Angelou.


Angelou’s death had shattered Winfrey, who had opened up to Variety, stating that Angelou had been a mother, sister, and friend since her 20s, and had seen her through some of her most important years.

Winfrey also spoke about the overall experience of playing a celestial being. She shared that just like Mrs. Which, guiding little children towards wisdom and goodness was very close to what she was trying to do in her real life


Starring beside Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon, Winfrey plays a supernova who is the guiding spirit for a young girl named Meg on her quest to find her father across the boundaries of galactic realms.


Kaling plays the quirky Mrs. Who while Witherspoon portrays Mrs. Whatsit. According to Witherspoon, Winfrey was the perfect choice to cast as Mrs. Which. The character is scripted to have seen the universe since the beginning of time.

Witherspoon added that Winfrey was very similar to her onscreen avatar since she was a guide to people who wanted to find the light inside them and share the light with the world.