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January 23, 2012 by staff
Win A Date With Tad Hamilton!, Octavia Spencer is an American actress who is perhaps best known for her role as Constance Grady on the US sitcom Ugly Betty. She has also appeared in films such as: Never Been Kissed, Big Momma’s House, Bad Santa, Spider-Man, Coach Carter, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Her film debut was as a nurse in Joel Schumacher’s A Time to Kill. And now she has won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in the film ‘The Help’.
Minny – The Help
Octavia Spencer was one of 7 children and her mother was a maid. In ‘The Help’ she plays a character called Minny who was a brave and headstrong domestic maid working in racist Mississippi at the dawn of the Civil Rights era. On receiving the award, Octavia quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in her acceptance: “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance.” Although ‘The Help’ characters are fictional “they represent scores of real people. The narrative itself is part of our fabric.”
Octavia Spencer didn’t just win a Golden Globe, she also won the praise of the National Domestic Workers Alliance whose spokesman said “Domestic workers around the country watched with pride tonight. After generations of exclusion and invisibility, we are so grateful to Octavia for helping bring recognition and light to this workforce. And we’re thankful for all of the performances in ‘The Help’ that gave life and dignity to domestic workers’ stories.”
Despite her Golden Globe win, Octavia Spencer does not think the big studios are going to be knocking at her door offering her big roles and she does not want to continue playing smaller comedy parts. She has decided to turn to the indies to get her teeth into bigger roles. “If you build it, they will come, and that’s what I’m doing, one brick at a time.”
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