Trevor Noah sat down with Oprah for her series SuperSoul Conversations. The two sat in front of a live audience at the Apollo Theater in New York City.
The show aired on 27 February on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
The two spoke about Trevor’s upbringing during apartheid and his award-winning autobiography, Born a Crime : Stories from a South African Childhood.
Born a Crime will be on the big screen soon
Lupita Nyong’o recently announced she will star in and produce the film adaptation of the Born a Crime. She will be portraying Trevor’s mother. South Africans took to Twitter to congratulate Trevor and some criticized his choice to have it produced by Americans.
Trevor Noah’s “badass warrior” mother.
Oprah called the comedian’s mother a “badass warrior women.” He humorously co-signed Oprah’s statement by adding, “most people would have had a sign to protest government oppression, my mother had me.” Trevor was born in the height of apartheid to a black Xhosa mother and a Swiss-German father. At the time interracial relationships were against apartheid law.
He points out that he was unaware of “being crime” as a child. He thought his mother instructing him to hide under the bed during police raids was fun a game. Trevor credits his mother for his defiance. He says, “you come to realise the people in your life who have shaped you and who play a big role in who you are, and I can’t deny that my mother was that person for me.” In the book he cites that his mom was very intentional in having a child with a white man.
You can listen to the full podcast where Oprah also has one-on-one conversations with Jordan Peele, Salma Hayek-Pinault as well as Trevor Noah on Apple podcast app.