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Octavia Spencer Says She Experienced ‘More Racism’ In Los Angeles Than In Her Alabama Hometown

The Oscar-winning actress recalls encounters she experienced soon after moving to Hollywood.

Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer has revealed that she experienced more racism in Los Angeles than her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama.

After appearing on a recent episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast, Spencer shared that she expected the West Coast, blue state of California, to be a “free and liberal thinking place,” after she moved there in 1996 but since has experienced “more racism” than her southern hometown.

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“It is so funny. It’s right out of ‘Pretty Woman,’” the Truth Be Told actress said. “I remember going into a shop and being followed, like, at first, I didn’t even—I was just like so excited, like just walking around, and then I realized that I was being followed. It was kind of strange in that way.”

The Hollywood Walk of Fame recipient took a moment to speak highly of her southern belle roots, to which she said that "It's a beautiful place and beautiful people. You know, I love being from there." However, she further explained the intensity of the racism that she has experienced that the South is widely known for.

“Everywhere has its history […] You can’t deny that Southern history is intense. [But] what’s beautiful for me is, that stuff preceded me,” she said. “You know, I was a child of the ’70s… You know, as you grow older and the things that you can remember. That wasn’t a part of my history. I learned about it. It’s not everything—anything that I experienced.”

Listen to Spencer’s full episode on the WTF With Marc Maron podcast below.

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