The Hollywood Reporter – Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Octavia Spencer & Emma Thompson

Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, Oprah & More in Hollywood Reporter’s Actress Roundtable

The Hollywood Reporter - Actress Roundtable: Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Octavia Spencer & Emma Thompson

The Hollywood Reporter – Actress Roundtable: Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Octavia Spencer & Emma Thompson

The Hollywood Reporter recently put six Oscar-contending actresses at a very special roundtable: Oprah Winfrey (The Butler), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Amy Adams (August: Osage County), Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks).

Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Octavia Spencer & Emma Thompson Cover The Hollywood Reporter December 6, 2013

Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Octavia Spencer & Emma Thompson Cover The Hollywood Reporter December 6, 2013

Beautifully photographed by Joe Pugliese and Jessica Chou at 5th & Sunset Studios in Los Angeles, the women shared issues of motherhood, race, gender and what they’ve learned about their craft.

See photos and snippets below and check out the full gallery at hollywoodreporter.com.

The Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtable - Julia Roberts

The Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtable: Julia Roberts by Joe Pugliese

“Well, it certainly decreased a great deal, but I had been working for 18 years when I had Hazel and Finn almost nine years ago,” Julia says about her career. “So I felt like I earned that time in my house and in my kitchen and in bed all day with these two little people. I felt that was my present to myself. I was fortunate to work a lot, and I worked hard, and I was very devoted to that, and then I earned this jewel box of a life that I felt completely entitled to. It still is really important, but it has made me take more things into consideration.”

The Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtable: Lupita Nyong'o by Joe Pugliese

The Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtable: Lupita Nyong’o by Joe Pugliese

“I grew up in Kenya, and a lot of our programming was from all over the world, and we didn’t see ourselves onscreen. It was very rare that you’d see people that look like me. And there was Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah and everything. It’s so meaningful to be sitting here beside you,” says Lupita.

The Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtable: Octavia Spencer by Joe Pugliese

The Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtable: Octavia Spencer by Joe Pugliese

“Well, you have a fresh crop of female writers, and men are writing better parts for women and realizing that women can open films,” says Octavia. “I think we’re making strides. We’re not there yet, but I’m really excited about the past couple of years.”

[spotted via beautyisdiverse.com]