Octavia Spencer Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


9th March 2017

Quote: "The best advice I ever received was from Whoopi Goldberg, who told me to be true to myself. It seems like a cliche until you're faced with a major decision that will impact your life." Octavia Spencer picked up a little wisdom from her fellow Oscar winner.


11th January 2017

Quote: "I was able to be (more free)... A lot less underwear, and I was just radiant. Everyone was like, 'Oh, you're so happy', and they thought it was because of the box office. But I'm thinking, 'My feet don't hurt and I am not cinched'. It was wonderful." Octavia Spencer credits her sunny disposition at the Golden Globes to the custom Laura Basci tuxedo she was wearing. The actress' film Hidden Figures hit number one at the U.S. box office as she arrived to walk the red carpet.


10th November 2016

Fact: Octavia Spencer has been cast as entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker in a new TV series. The Help star will also produce On Her Own Ground, which will be based on A'Lelia Bundles' biography. Walker was the daughter of slaves and went on to create hair care products for African-American women. She was also known for her philanthropic efforts and activism.


13th April 2015

Fact: Actress Octavia Spencer worked as an intern on Whoopi Goldberg's 1990 film THE LONG WALK HOME.


9th March 2015

Fact: Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is in final negotiations to play God in an adaptation of William P. Young's novel The Shack.


8th December 2014

Tweet: "Well, I'm signing off of social media until the first of the year. Have a wonderful holiday season & Make Safe Choices!!" Actress Octavia Spencer is taking a blogging break until 2015.


19th September 2014

Fact: Advertisements for Octavia Spencer's new medical drama series Red Band Society have been pulled down from Los Angeles buses over complaints about offensive language. The commercials in question feature an image of The Help star alongside the words "scary b**ch", used to describe her no-nonsense character Nurse Jackson.


15th September 2014

Quote: "I'm sort of obsessed too much with true crime and forensic stuff. (I watched Silence of the Lambs) quite a few times and imagined myself being the person that solved the mystery. I think that I might have been a detective only because I don't want to look at blood, so I don't want to be a crime scene person, I want to be a mind person (sic)." Actress Octavia Spencer wanted to become a Federal Bureau of Investigations profiler if she didn't make it as an actress.


19th July 2014

Quote: "Any good actress wants to be Viola Davis when she grows up... I'm trying to get there." Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is full of praise for her The Help co-star, who she reunites with in new James Brown biopic Get On Up.


18th July 2014

Quote: "I made the call. When I found out Tate was directing, I was like, 'You better find me something for me to do Tate. I don't care what it is, but you better find something, because I'm a big James Brown fan.' And he did, he's very loyal that way." Actress Octavia Spencer would have done anything to land a role in her director pal Tate Taylor's new James Brown biopic, Get On Up. The Help star portrays Aunt Honey in the film, opposite 42 actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays the late Godfather of Soul


13th May 2014

Fact: Actress Octavia Spencer has been tapped to join the cast of the Divergent sequel. The Oscar winner is set to join the franchise for Insurgent, the second instalment of the movie trilogy, based on the Divergent book series. She joins Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley and Theo James.


24th February 2012

Quote: "I think that women should be happy with their bodies and that's the one thing I'm not happy with and I am getting them tacked to my shoulders." Actress Octavia Spencer makes a joke as she confirms news she's planning to celebrate a possible Oscar win on Sunday (26Feb12) with a boob job.


1st February 2012

Quote: "I don't know how to cook or bake or prepare anything in the kitchen, and my character, Minny, is a fantastic cook. That was the hardest part of playing her. I don't know how to do anything other than get a plate from the cabinet and stick something in the microwave." Oscar-nominated actress Octavia Spencer admits she is no good in the kitchen, unlike the maid she plays in 1960s period drama The Help.


1st February 2012

Quote: "I could not party that night because I was being pinched in places that I didn’t know it was possible. I ran into Melissa MCCarthy who is... one of my closest friends. I said, 'Oh my God Melissa, I’m about to die. My Spanx are killing me.' She said, 'I just went to the bathroom and took mine off.'" Octavia Spencer wore figure-hugging underwear in a bid to look slim at the Golden Globes.


30th January 2012

Quote: "I am not healthy at this weight. Any time you have too much around the middle, then there is a problem. And when you reach a certain weight, you are less valuable." Actress Octavia Spencer struggles with her fuller figure.


6th January 2012

Quote: "Have you seen the Best Actor line-up? I mean, 'Hot!' That is every gay guy and straight girl's dream. You don't go with a date, you go to pilfer... I know Brad (Pitt) and Angie (Jolie) have been together for a while, so I'm gonna take Brad home. I'm taking them all home." The Help star Octavia Spencer hopes to find a date at the Golden Globes.


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