Oprah Winfrey always dreamt of being a leader after being inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. The American personality has risen to become one of the top media moguls in the world, thanks to her talk show and producer and philanthropist credits. However when she was younger she set her sights on a different type of leadership, looking up to pastor and African-American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. for inspiration.

‘I was so enthralled by Dr. King. I wanted to be Dr. King,’ Oprah revealed to New York Post’s Page Six. ‘I wanted to grow up and have my own church, run my own congregation and be my own order and lead the people. I didn’t exactly do that, but my television show was a way of doing that.’

‘He was an enormous influence on me. Mrs. King was a personal friend of mine until she died. I have a great respect for the legacy of what he left for all of us.’ Oprah, 60, is also a talented actress and is currently starring in new Martin Luther King biopic Selma. She also produced the movie, which recalls the civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama, which changed the course of American history.

It’s already swept the board at numerous awards show nomination lists, including four Golden Globe nods.  ‘In every generation there comes along a person like Dr. King who has the ability to garner the hearts and the spirits of a nation help people to see in themselves what they could not possibly believe could be true. In my life, I do work to help people from all different backgrounds and I joined this project to help Ava DuVernay [director] and David Oyelowo [who plays Dr. King]. I wanted to see them succeed,’ she smiled.