Octavia Spencer Talks to People

Published August 25, 2011

Since The Help hit theaters August 10 and then the number-one spot it’s second week, stars Viola Davis (right) and Hollywood newcomer Octavia Spencer have been pushed into the spotlight. The film is receiving a lot of early Oscar buzz for Davis, 46, and Spencer. It’s the new Eat, Pray, Love.

 

Spencer, 39, gives an interview in the latest People and says, “I wish I could take credit for the brilliance that is Minny. I provided the prototype: short, with a strong ability to speak her mind."

 

She says losing her mother at 18 made her "learn to speak up for myself." That's Minny alright.

(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Written by N. Jamiyla Chisholm

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