Lee Daniels Says He Suppressed Being Gay Until College When He Thought He Fell In Love With A Woman
From age 5, Lee Daniels knew he was different from the other kids in his rough West Philadelphia neighborhood. He went down a self-destructive path as a young man, but taking in his young niece and nephew forced him to clean up his act. A chance encounter with a Warner Brothers producer allowed Daniels to break into show business. He tells “Breaking Big” host Carlos Watson that embracing being black and gay – qualities that once made him feel like an outsider – molded his successful directing career that includes such monster hits as “Precious,” “The Butler” and “Empire.”
Academy Award-Winning Director Lee Daniels’ episode of PBS’ Breaking Big, airing TONIGHT at 8:30PM ET. Lee’s episode focuses on his break into show business and the hardships he had to deal with at the start of his career. The clip features Lee’s college years before Hollywood and opening up about his sexuality and his family life.
BREAKING BIG, hosted by Carlos Watson and produced by OZY Media, is a new 12-episode series that premiered on Friday, June 15th on PBS. The series presents in-depth profiles of some of the most compelling leaders today from media, politics, business, music, food, and fitness, and looks at the paths they’ve taken that led to their success. Among the guests (apart from Lee Daniels) are Ruth Zukerman, Trevor Noah, Christian Siriano, Roxane Gay, Eddie Huang, Danai Gurira, Gretchen Carlson and many more
Lee Daniels, Episode 9, airs Friday, August 10, 2018 at 8:30-9:00 p.m. ET