Oscar Impact: Spencer, Octavia, Supporting Actress, The Help

Octavia Spencer: “I’ve chosen a broader range of roles in the last few years. But I can tell you they have tunnel vision with African American women: We’d only had “The Help” in the can for two months before I started being offered every other maid role. I mean, all of them, “The Paperboy,” everything. And I turned them all down because I had just played the best maid. I

f I were offered a maid role today, and it showed different aspects I haven’t seen and haven’t played, I’ll take it. If it’s a serial killer maid, I’ll jump at the chance.”