It was a dream come true, obviously. Steven is perhaps one of my most favorite filmmakers, and I have always said that my life was changed profoundly by Schindler's List. I saw that film and realized, more than at any other time, the power of filmmaking. When I first moved to America over 20 years ago, I had my own production company called The English Channel. It was always a dream of mine to work with Steven so when I was going in for a discussion with him about a movie that I had been nurturing for 3 years on my own - The Hundred-Foot Journey - it was such an amazing experience for me.
Obviously Oprah is such a powerhouse. She did something wonderful and placed the book on her Summer Reading List in 2010, which really helped bring the book sales up. So it was the magic of having those two support the film that really helped make the film happen.