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Video: Octavia Spencer Talks About New Opportunities To Play 'Roles' Since Success of "The Help"

by Vanessa Martinez
October 26, 2011 1:45 AM
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Octavia Spencer spoke to the LATimes after accepting a best ensemble award for The Help Monday night at the Hollywood Awards.

Spencer, who plays an AA Sponsor in the upcoming James Ponsoldt-directed Smashed and is set to star as a Las Vegas casino card dealer in Diablo Cody's next untitled project, said the following regarding the new role opportunities that have come her way following The Help's popularity:

"I'm so thrilled. I never, ever would have had that opportunity before now," Spencer said. "I've never really gotten to play roles, I've only gotten to play parts ... a part usually is like something to facilitate the plot. To do a role where a character experiences some type of change from beginning to end is something I've never had the opportunity to do. So it's wonderful."

Watch Ms. Spencer in the video below.

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2 Comments

  • Jug | October 26, 2011 9:23 AMReply

    Really like her distinction of a "part" vs a "role". Many many actors of color get "parts" but they don't often get "roles".

    I'm stealing that one... LOL

  • Renoir422 | October 26, 2011 3:46 AMReply

    That verve, that timing, she deserved these opportunities a long time ago! Kudos to Octavia.

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