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‘Red Band Society’: Octavia Spencer Reveals The Best Scene From The Pilot

Thu, September 18, 2014 11:12am EDT by 2 Comments
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We’ve already fallen in love with ‘Red Band Society’ and Octavia Spencer dished about her favorite scene from the pilot episode. Get your tissues ready!

It’s impossible not to adore Red Band Society. The pilot episode, which aired Sept. 17, introduced us to the kids residing in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital, and the nurses and doctors who take care of them. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, 44, who plays the formidable Nurse Jackson, raves about the show and a certain scene from the pilot that has her saying a cast member is the next Daniel Day-Lewis, 57!

‘Red Band Society’: Octavia Spencer Talks Her Favorite Scene In The Pilot

There were many, many moments in the series premiere of Red Band Society that had us shedding a few tears. The film follows a group of youngsters residing in a pediatric ward because of illnesses that include cancer, an eating disorder and a failing heart.

However, there’s a particular scene in the pilot episode that Octavia found absolutely “transforming.”  

“Well, the scene that I love from what you just saw is where Leo goes to talk to Charlie in the coma,” Octavia said in a group interview. “It’s just one of the most grown-up. I don’t know; it was kind of transforming. I mean it didn’t matter what they were talking about, what he was saying to him, that it was about his illness. I think you could substitute your own life or your own circumstances into what he was saying. I thought it was just so beautifully done. Charlie Rowe [plays Leo] is a young Daniel Day-Lewis; he was just amazing.”

Wow. That’s quite the compliment!

In the scene, Leo gives comatose Charlie a red band, symbolizing survival. “Luck isn’t getting what you want. It’s surviving what you don’t want,” Charlie had told Leo when they first met.

Octavia also gushed about Griffin Gluck, 14, who plays Charlie. “Every time you’re in a scene with Griffin, it just takes my breath away because he’s just so perfectly present, even though he doesn’t say a single, solitary word to us,” she said in the interview.

‘Red Band Society’: Octavia Spencer Raves About ‘Talented’ Young Cast

You can’t deny the superb talent of this young cast. They are a well-rounded, mature ensemble handling tough subject matter with ease and Octavia has witnessed that first-hand.

“They’re exquisitely talented,” she continued in the interview. “I think they’ve [the writers] done an amazing job putting the right people in every single, solitary role. So, you guys are witnessing, at least I feel like I’m getting a front row seat to greatness happening. You see some talent that are going to be around for a while.”

Red Band Society airs Wednesdays (9/8c) on FOX.

HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Red Band Society? Is it your favorite new show of the fall? Let us know!

— Avery Thompson

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