Whoopi Goldberg says Paul Simon once warned her that “a lot of people aren’t going to get you”.
The 64-year-old actress recalled meeting the music star at a party years ago and Simon gave her some lasting career advice, encouraging Whoopi to be herself even if other people perceive her to be “strange”.
Remembering their encounter at the star-studded bash, Whoopi – who is one of only sixteen entertainers to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award – shared: “We had one of the best conversations I’ve ever had … Paul Simon said listen, ‘It’s going to get very fast and a lot is going to happen.'”
The music icon warned Whoopi that her quirks won’t always be understood by some people within the entertainment industry.
However, he also encouraged her not to dilute her personality in search of acceptance.
She recalled him saying to her: “I just want to tell you a lot of people aren’t going to get you, you will be strange to them.”
Since 2007, Whoopi has been co-hosting the talk show ‘The View’, and she’s admitted to loving her time on the programme.
The actress – who starred in ‘The Color Purple’ and ‘Sister Act’ – relishes sharing the screen with so many opinionated, passionate co-presenters.
Speaking to Naomi Campbell’s ‘No Filter with Naomi’ YouTube channel about her co-presenters, Whoopi said: “You have five different personalities, five different ways of thinking, five different ways of delivering and everyone has their borders … you don’t want to make it personal … real friends don’t make it personal unless they’re looking for a [real] fight.”