Patricia Heaton Tells Dr. Oz Why ‘Right Now’ Is the Peak Time For Reinvention

Appearing on The Dr. Oz Show this past week, actor Patricia Heaton shared with the cardiothoracic surgeon what she’s learning during our current pandemic about the human ability to reframe, restart, and reinvent.

Here’s what the former Everybody Loves Raymond star had to say.

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Heaton reinvented after her show ‘Carol’s Second Act’ was cancelled

While Heaton’s most current series, Carol’s Second Act, was popular with fans, there simply wasn’t a consistent enough ratings performance from the show and CBS chose to cancel it.

Since then, she’s worked on and published a book called Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Transformation featuring 14 inspiring stories of individuals who’ve made huge life transitions.

She told AARP in July, “I write about taking a painting class and the mental hoops I had to jump through to finish, because the other women were so great. The teacher came up to me and said, ‘Wow, you’re a messy painter.’ I had paint on my face and my clothes. But you can’t worry about what others think when you’re starting a second act.”

Why the actor says now is the time for your reinvention

In a live video conversation last week with Dr. Mehmet Oz on his daytime show, Heaton discussed why now, during the global pandemic, is actually the best time to pursue goals and dreams – for anyone.

“Well, we’ve all seen that life is difficult. We can’t really count on a lot of things that we thought we could. So, this is a great time to kind of step out. There’s also so many resources for us now, and especially they’ve been heightened with the pandemic.”

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She focused on the fact that people no longer need to worry about getting to a class or group because the pandemic has shown us that almost everything can get done online.

“So whereas people did things online occasionally before, now it’s all online,” she told Dr. Oz. “And that includes classes, podcasts, and then even during the pandemic I was finding opportunities to go out and volunteer. And that’s a great way to kind of figure out what you want to do by volunteering in an area that you might be interested in.”

Heaton recently announced more great news

The actor, who got her first big break on CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond as Debra Barone posted last week on Twitter to announce a special event in honor of cast mate Peter Boyle, who died in 2006 from multiple myeloma and heart disease. Boyle played the Barone family patriarch for the show’s nine-year run, stealing every scene he appeared in.

“Heads up Everybody Loves Raymond fans! Our table read reunion on Oct. 23rd is FREE! But all donations to honor the memory of Peter Boyle are gratefully accepted. Go to for info!,” she tweeted.

The cast’s reunion on Oct. 23 aims to raise funds for the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) in honor of Boyle.