The film takes place in the 60s, but the message crosses all generations and Octavia believes there’s still more work to be done where racism is concerned.
Octavia Spencer says if you’ve ever felt like an outsider then go see The Help. The film stars Emma Stone [Skeeter], a young girl in Mississippi who decides to tell the real stories of black maids in her town. HollywoodLife.com spoke with Octavia, who plays Minny Jackson, one of the main maids in the film and she says The Help will make you want to “stand up for what you believe in.”
“I hope that people first see the civil rights aspect for what it is a back drop and appreciate it,” Octavia says. “Making a statement of how far we’ve come and still have more work to do. These three woman from culturally different backgrounds form these relationships that changed their lives and their community. It’s about finding your voice and standing up for what you believe in.”
The film is based on Kathryn Stockett‘s best-selling book, and it’s directed by Octavia’s long-time friend Tate Taylor.
“I met Tate in 1995 when we did ‘A Time To Kill’, and our friendship blossomed,” she says. “Tate always told us about Kathryn. I remember her saying she was writing a book and five years later she finished the book and called me and said that she loosely based one of the characters on me. So I read the book and realized that the short chubby woman was me!”
Check out The Help when it hits theaters Aug. 10!
— Chloe Melas
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