The Movie

HBO’s film adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey as Deborah Lacks, Renee Elise Goldsberry as Henrietta Lacks, and Rose Byrne as Rebecca Skloot premiered on HBO Saturday, April 22, 2017. It is available to watch on HBO or via online streaming on HBO Now, where anyone can watch it for free by signing up for a free 30 day trial. The film will soon be available to purchase on DVD. Ordering information will be posted here when it’s available.

See below for videos and interviews featuring The Lacks Family, Rebecca, Oprah, Rose Byrne and more of the cast and crew discussing the film adaptation of The Immortal Life, their experiences working on the film, and more, including information on the special limited collector’s movie tie in edition of the book. You can also follow news and behind-the-scenes photos of the making of the film; Rebecca, the Lacks family and the film’s cast and crew at the premiere; and more on Rebecca’s Instagram feed and on her Facebook page and Twitter account.

HBO Behind The Scenes: The Lacks Family, Oprah Winfrey, Rebecca Skloot and director George C. Wolfe Discuss The Film

The Lacks Family, Oprah, and Rebecca Skloot Discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and the Lacks Family’s Legacy, on NBC Nightly News

The Question of the White Savior: Oprah Winfrey, George C. Wolfe, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Reg Cathey, Courtney Vance and Rose Byrne on Facebook Live

The director and cast discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Race, and George Wolfe’s Decision to Make Rebecca Skloot, a white woman, a central character in the film.

(conversation about “The White Savior” question starts at time stamp 3:06)

Oprah, Rose Byrne and Rebecca Skloot Discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks With Dr. Oz (excerpts)

Oprah Winfrey Talks With Dr. Oz About Rebecca Skloot’s Relationship With Deborah and listening to Rebecca’s research audio tapes

Oprah, Rose and Rebecca talk with Dr. Oz about the confusion surrounding the story of Henrietta Lacks. And the importance of Honoring the stories of Deborah and Henrietta Lacks.

Oprah on the movie, the book, and the Lacks family making Deborah Lacks proud

Rebecca Skloot on the death of Deborah Lacks.

Rose Byrne on “The Challenge of Being Rebecca Skloot” – how she developed the character for screen

See more videos from this interview on Dr. Oz’s site

Rebecca Skloot and Rose Byrne Discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks with Katie Couric

Oprah, Rose Byrne and Renee Elise Goldsberry Discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on CBS This Morning

The Lacks Family, Rebecca Skloot, Rose Byrne, and Renee Elise Goldsberry Live 92nd St. Y Discussion

See Jeri and Shirley Lacks, Rebecca Skloot, Rose Byrne and Renee Elise Goldsberry discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the film, the book, the woman, and her family’s legacy.

HBO Behind The Scenes: Conversations with the Cast (HBO)

Oprah, The Lacks Family, and Rebecca Skloot On Set and Behind The Scenes Filming The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Selected Print and Radio Press


Rebecca has been sharing many exciting photos related to the film version of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on her Facebook page. See below for a sampling of those photos and follower her on Facebook and Instagram for more.

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