Whoopi Goldberg Gave This Advice To A Young Octavia Spencer
In the early phase of her acting career, Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer recalls some of the early advice she received from Whoopi Goldberg.
"[I] just was ready to move to Hollywood to work on films right after the movie was wrapped," she noted. "And Whoopi said, 'Hollywood will always be there. Get your education,’” she said during an appearance on the podcast WTF with Marc Maron.
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Spencer, 52, also spoke about her relationship with the EGOT winner, stating, “it was pretty amazing.”
Spencer interned in the extras casting department on Goldberg’s The Long Walk Home film, released in 1990, according to PEOPLE. Spencer was just 17 at the time.
Goldberg’s advice of getting an education first was in line with her mother’s sentiment.
"My mom was really heavily into education," she said, noting that her mom had hopes that Spencer would become an attorney.
A few years after the wisdom from Goldberg, Spencer graduated from Auburn University with a degree in English.
Goldberg’s brother was also a part of The Long Walk Home production team and he “"made sure to let me know that Whoopi was thinking of me, and that she was all excited that I was graduating."