Octavia Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, which she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt.
She’s the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University.
A “closet” lover of acting, this practical Alabamian knew that she’d someday work in the film industry, but never dreamed it would be in front of the camera.
In 1995, acclaimed director Joel Schumacher changed all that by giving her a small part opposite Sandra Bullock in the hit film A Time to Kill, and Spencer was on her way.
In 1996, she teamed up with Bullock again in Bullock’s directorial debut of Making Sandwiches, a short film that premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.
Octavia Spencer got the success for her performance of Minny Jackson in the film The Help (2011), for which she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress and two Screen Actors Guild Awards (best cast, best supporting actress). She played in this movie alongside Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone.
In 2017, he received a second Academy Awards nomination for her portrayal of Dorothy Vaughan in the biographical film Hidden Figures.
She was nominated as Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture at the 2018 Golden Globes for Guillermo Del Toro’s movie The Shape of Water.