Heidi Stevens: That feeling when Oprah turns your life story into a movie


By Heidi Stevens - Chicago Tribune



It’s Facebook official: Glennon Doyle’s “Love Warrior” is coming (eventually) to a theater near you.

“I have some big news for us,” Doyle announced recently on her various social media platforms. “Oprah is turning ‘Love Warrior’ into a movie.”

Two years ago, Doyle wrote, Oprah Winfrey invited Doyle and her sister to her home to talk about Together Rising, a charity Doyle launched in 2012 to tackle some of the social injustices she discusses on her Momastery blog.

The conversation turned to “Love Warrior,” Doyle’s 2016 memoir about the collapse and piecing-back-together of her marriage to Craig Melton. (They’ve since divorced. Doyle married soccer star Abby Wambach in 2017.)

“Love Warrior” was Winfrey’s Oprah Book Club selection in September 2016.

“As I read your book, it unfolded in front of me like a movie,” Winfrey told Doyle. “I saw the characters and scenes in my mind as I turned the pages.”

Me too, Doyle told her.

“And she smiled and said: Would you like to turn it into a movie together?” Doyle relayed in her Facebook post. “Yes, please, I said.”

“What actor do you want to play you?” Winfrey asked her.

“I was quiet for so long that I could tell Sister was getting worried,” Doyle wrote. (She calls her sister, “Sister.”) “I finally said: I’m sorry. I can’t, at the moment, think of any actors or even remember what the word actor means, really. I seem to have forgotten all of my words. I can’t think of any words.”

Winfrey asked Doyle if she’d like to look at her garden.

(That’s the part where most of us wake up and realize the whole thing was a dream, and it’s time to make the coffee and then the breakfasts and then the lunches.)

(Not if you’re Doyle.)

“Love Warrior is, at the heart of it, a story about a woman’s life,” she wrote in her post. “I always knew that if it became a movie, the screenplay had to be written by a woman, the producers had to be women — and I dreamt the boss of the project would be THE WOMAN.”

(I dreamt I showed up for a world history midterm and Rahm Emanual was my instructor and I hadn’t been to class all semester.)

“It’s a story about my life, but really, it’s a story about all of us,” Doyle continued. “It’s going to make women everywhere sit in their seats, breathe deeply and say: ‘me, too.’ “

No word on a likely release date, but Doyle did ask her followers to recommend actresses to fill the roles of her and her sister. (Zeek from “Parenthood,” a.k.a Craig T. Nelson, is a shoe-in to play her dad, Doyle contends).

“Kyra Sedgwick, Ashley Judd, Rosanna Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Mira Sorvino, Gwenneth Paltrow, Darryl Hannah or someone who has spoken out about being affected by the “Me, Too” movement,” wrote one follower.

Reese Witherspoon’s name came up a lot. So did Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Garner and Kristen Bell. Several followers made bids for Winfrey and Doyle to take a chance on an unknown name, possibly launching a new career in the process. (Sort of a specialty of Winfrey’s.)

Pass the popcorn. This should be fun.

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By Heidi Stevens

Chicago Tribune

Heidi Stevens is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Reach her at hstevens@tribune.com or on Twitter @heidistevens13.

Heidi Stevens is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Reach her at hstevens@tribune.com or on Twitter @heidistevens13.

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