All Eyes on Oprah and Halle
March 3, 2005

Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry took over Hollywood Wednesday night to promote their TV movie, "Their Eyes Were Watching God," and producer Oprah was still ecstatic over being able to recruit Halle for the role.

"[Halle] was the ticket," Oprah insisted. "The moment you say we have Halle Berry, come on in."

And Oscar winner Halle was just as excited to work with the daytime queen. Her first reaction after Oprah contacted her? "Yes, okay, when do we start?"

But Halle may have gotten more than she bargained for from her co-star Michael Ealy, whose break out role was in "Barbershop." Since filming together, rumors have swirled that the pair is now dating. So what makes him so special? "Those blue eyes help a lot," Berry admitted. "But he's also got a great character."

So are the rumors true that their on-screen passion has continued off screen? Ealy set the record straight: "I've got to grow up a little bit first before I go there."

As for Halle, she says you can't believe everything you hear: "If they knew what they were talking about it wouldn't be so bad, but usually they don't."

And Oprah is backing up her girl: "You know Halle says they're all just friends. I don't know if I would be just friends!"

Meanwhile, Oprah's post-Oscar show was the highest-rated "Oprah" of the season. "The fact that Jamie and Hilary and Chris all showed up the next day that was good, really great," Winfrey said.

Oprah is also headed back to the big screen, joining good friend Julia Roberts in "Charlotte's Web." "Julia is Charlotte, and I'm Gussie the g-g-g-goose," Oprah revealed. "I play a stuttering goose."

"Charlotte's Web" hits theatres next summer, and "Their Eyes Were Watching God" airs Sunday night on ABC.


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