Quotes by: Octavia Spencer
My mom always told me I could do or be anything I dared to dream, and I always wanted to work in the movie industry.
The fact that women are very young in obtaining their civil rights and African-Americans are young in obtaining their civil rights, I think it's about time that we extend that to all Americans, whether straight, gay, purple, green, black, brown.
What surprised me about the Oscars was how familiar it was - because you're in the room with all these people that have inspired you from your childhood to adulthood in the film industry. It feels like you've known them all of your life.
There are fewer and fewer roles that I haven't done already, or archetypes that I haven't played, and to break out of that box, the most interesting stuff is television.
As we women know, there are so many other hurdles that we have to cross that I would love it if we could stop having the race conversation so that we can get women further on. You know, a female president now that we have an African American president. Maybe we can get an Asian female, a gay person?
As a kid, I was always very thin, and I kind of didn't know that I was skinny.
I think diversity is something that should be celebrated because it's who we are as a world, and little kids need to be able to turn on the TV and see real-world representations of themselves. It's very important.
The college years are when you sow all your wild oats and become a vampire. By 40, you've lived it up. At least, you hope.
I think the paradigm is shifting with regard to women and what we bring to the industry. I feel very blessed.
Needless to say, I would have loved to have been a black belt instead of actually just wearing one to hold up my pants!
Let's just say that I have a tendency if I am uncomfortable in a situation to speak my mind.
It's been pretty effortless with Sensa because I am not thinking about how long do I need to do this. Usually, when you stop a diet program, you lose control again. But I don't need to stop what I'm doing. I'm eating everything that I like. Sensa just helps me keep it all in check.
I'm dyslexic, and it takes me longer to memorize and to embody the character so I can really own it.
I have to lead a very small life in terms of what people think 'Hollywood' is. It's a full life for me, but I'm not jetting across the world. But life is good.
I like a person who knows how to say something dark at a very dark moment. The darker the moment and the darker the comic, the better. Something that is so wrong on all levels.
The mentality of how we treat one another needs to be examined - especially how we treat our men of color.
You have to get out of your comfort zone in order to grow. And as an actor, you don't become Meryl Streep by doing the same type of comedy. You get there by being challenged. And unfortunately, there's a lack of roles for women of color, so you actually have to be the engineer creating some of those roles.
What's so great about DreamWorks is that it's run by filmmakers who believe that if it's not broke, don't fix it.
The thing about the South is we accept our history. We don't push it under the rug.
I was always a closet lover of acting. My mom was very practical. She never, ever restricted our dreams, always told us we could do or be anything. Then I said, 'Maybe I want to be an actor'. And she said, 'Maybe not that'.