It’s not every day you meet a woman who gets to call Oprah her boss, but Greenleaf actress Merle Dandridge has that distinct privilege. The 43-year-old plays the lead role of Grace Greenleaf on the hit OWN drama, and when she stopped by the office to chat with us about the new season, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask her what she’s learned from the woman who’s brought us more super soul Sundays and “aha moments” than anyone we know.

Check out the video above as Merle talks about growing up in a multi-racial household, her ethnic identity, and what she’s learned from Oprah.

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