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Patricia Heaton Opens Up with Oprah

Posted Friday January 14, 2011 3:04 PM GMT

Transitioning from her hit show "Everybody Loves Raymond" to current series "The Middle," Patricia Heaton has been a mainstay on major network television for quite the long stretch.

Having quite the devout fanbase, the Ohio native most recently partook in an interview about the road to success and her current doings in the February 2011 issue of O magazine - which hits newsstands next week.

Some of the highlights from Miss Heaton's O interview are as follows:

Fear of failure

“Acting had always been my identity, so when my career wasn’t panning out, I felt worthless I couldn’t figure out my place in the world and was terrified to admit to my family – and myself – that I might fail.”

Helping others:

“I have always believed that when you’re feeling sorry for yourself, the best thing to do is help someone else. So when I saw a flier at my church for a four-day volunteer project at an orphanage in a Mexican border town, I signed up.”

Aha! Moment:

“I’ve never worked so hard in my life…When I returned home I felt relaxed and whole, like my spirit had gotten a massage. I realized that a life spent serving others would be just as fulfilling as acting. I knelt down in my bedroom and prayed, ‘God if you want me to go in a different direction, just show me. I will follow.’”

Beliefs overcame:

“My belief that I couldn’t hold my head up if I wasn’t a famous actor had been paralyzing me. Every audition had felt so weighted. Before each I would think, I’m too fat, I’m wearing the wrong thing. What will I do if I don’t’ get his part?

Her big break:

“But after my time in Mexico, all of that negativity and second-guessing disappeared. Soon enough, my career started picking up. Two month after my trip, I landed my first big role, in the TV series Thirtysomething. After nine years of struggle, success finally came to me once I stopped worrying so much about finding it.”

Photo Credit: O magazine