11/11/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
“I had many imaginary conversations with Meryl about working together,” she says about her August: Osage County costar in Marie Claire’s December issue.
“When a person goes from being on a pedestal in your mind, to even cooler, better and more fabulous up close, you get to understand them a little more intimately.”
“I had interviewed Hillary Clinton [for OWN], who has become a personal hero to me – who she is and her convictions as a woman and mother and humanitarian,” she says.
“It’s my privilege and honor to cook three meals a day for my family, and it’s a luxury on a level that I didn’t even realize, because it can be relentless for me on some days,” she says. “You have pride in how you take care of your family.”