I have always been a fan of Graham Norton’s talk show … and so it is so fun to have had Octavia stop by this past weekend!
Here is a clip from the interview:
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All it took for Octavia Spencer to board the Blumhouse thriller Ma (in theaters May 31) was the prospect of reversing an age-old stereotype.
“Black people always die in the first 15 minutes of a horror film,” the actress tells EW, recalling her initial skepticism upon hearing longtime friend and collaborator Tate Taylor’s (The Help) pitch for a disturbing, darkly funny revenge story. “He said, ‘Not only do you not die, you get to kill people!’”
Spencer immediately dove into the psyche of the titular loner who befriends a group of rowdy high schoolers, offering the basement of her isolated home as a safe space for their partying. Teenage debauchery quickly turns to bloody butchery, however, after their concerned parents unexpectedly trigger Ma’s past trauma. “Because certain things happened in her life, there’s a domino effect for her future,” she teases.
Taylor, who revamped the character (originally a sadistic white woman) to suit Spencer, compares Ma’s tone to the “goofiness of Misery” mixed with classic teen movies of the ’80s. But genre tropes weren’t the only thing the duo subverted.
“There are archetypes people only want to see me as,” Spencer adds. (“Wise characters” wearing “period wigs and costumes,” as Taylor explains it.) “So I had to change that for myself [and] the next young woman of color to be able to play every type of role.”
Fittingly, Taylor calls the film a “cautionary tale” about the mistreatment of women. “Don’t brush them under the rug and think there won’t be repercussions,” he teases. “Not with Ma!”
As the release date of Ma approaches more images from the film are being released … check out our gallery for the newest additions!
– Octavia Spencer Online > Films > 2019 | Ma
Last night Octavia supported her friend Mark Wahlburg at the London Launch Party for his restaurant Wahlburgers.
The Hollywood Reporter highlighted 50 individuals who have helped drive opportunities for more diversity in Hollywood … including Octavia.
Meet the creative and business forces — including Kenya Barris, Laverne Cox, Jon M. Chu and Norman Lear — who are shifting the industry’s landscape to drive opportunities onscreen and off for fresh talents and leaders: “I want to do things that break what I expect Hollywood to do.”
“Every time someone earnestly explains why it is so incredibly deeply difficult for them to find a woman or a man of color to hire,” says Shonda Rhimes, “an angel loses its wings.” In other words, it’s way past time for Hollywood’s offices, sets and writers rooms to represent robust diversity, and THR’s first-ever roster of Agents of Change highlights the key figures working daily to make that happen. They were chosen — after extensive reporting and consultation with stakeholders at every level of entertainment, as well as key members of inclusion-centered industry groups like Time’s Up and ReFrame — for their active leadership and mentorship: These are the producers, execs, creators, stars and advocates making content, making hires and making noise for those still finding their voice. Adds Rhimes, “Good men fix broken things.” So meet the good men (including some straight white dudes), good women and one nonbinary person who are leading the way.
The 46-year-old Hidden Figures and The Shape of Water star may be a bona fide A-lister, but she has been outspoken about her personal fight for pay equality — and says having open dialogue is the key. “I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with young women who have an accomplished résumé while their male co-stars do not; yet, he’s offered considerably more,” says Spencer, who just signed a three-year pod deal with Disney’s 20th Century Fox Television for her new production company Orit Entertainment. As an executive producer, Spencer has used her power to bring more women onto set. In her upcoming horror film Ma, 45 percent of department heads were women, and for her Apple series Truth Be Told, she adds, “Our fearless executive producers are diverse and comprised of 70 percent women, so it was organic to hire female department heads and directors.”
WHO’S REALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN HOLLYWOOD? “Mindy Kaling, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon and Tyler Perry are all creating opportunities that I find exciting.”
BRAVEST CAREER RISK I’VE TAKEN “Moving from Montgomery, Alabama, with $3,000, a few contacts, and a dream in my heart.”
Thanks to the Hollywood Reporter for sharing this news!
The Oscar winner has also launched a production company with WME’s Brian Clisham set to run it alongside her.
Octavia Spencer is putting down roots at Disney’s 20th Century Fox Television.
The Oscar-winner (The Help) has signed a three-year pod deal with the studio and launched a production company, Orit Entertainment, with partner Brian Clisham. Under the pact, Orit will produce television and film projects across all genres with a focus on inspiring and uplifting fare. Those projects will be in the same vein of the feature films and series in which she has starred.
“I decided to partner with Brian because, as an agent , he was instrumental in shaping my career. He has always understood my desire to work with a diverse group of talent both in front of and behind the scenes. I trust his taste and his counsel and know he will thrive in this new role. We are always on the same page and most importantly, have a lot fun!”
lisham started his career in the Endeavor mailroom in 2006 and was an assistant and an agent in the talent department at WME for 13 years.
“It’s no surprise to me that Octavia went from a ’20-year overnight success’ with The Help, to a bona fide multi-hyphenate,” Clisham said. “Octavia doesn’t just think like an actor — she sees every project through the lens of a producer, studio executive, awards consultant, cinematographer … you name it. Her creative and business acumen have led her to this moment, and I’m honored she wants to partner with me in this new chapter to continue the success we’ve built together over the past nine years.”
Spencer’s credits include starring and exec producing Apple’s eight-episode drama series Truth Be Told as well as Netflix limited series Madam CJ Walker, which is also exec produced by LeBron James. She’s also developing a Jonestown drama at HBO alongside Vince Gilligan and Michelle MacLaren. On the film side, she next stars and exec produces Ma, Luce and the upcoming The Witches. She also has voice roles in The Voyage of Dr. Doolittle and Disney’s Onward. As an exec producer, her film credits include best-picture Oscar winner Greenbook, Fruitvale Station and Small Town Crime.
“Octavia is so impressive. Not only is she a spectacular talent as a performer, but she has also amassed a body of work that speaks to her taste in material and creative and commercial instincts,” said 20th president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis. “Every project she signs on for is interesting and unexpected, and when she told us she and Brian wanted to develop projects for television, we were instantly on board to be their studio. We think her company is really going to make a mark.”
Spencer becomes the latest producer to ink a deal with the now Disney-owned 20th Century Fox TV. She joins recent signings including Bob’s Burgers co-showrunner Nora Smith, Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar (Fresh Off the Boat, Speechless), I. Marlene King (Pretty Little Liars) and Drew Goddard (Buffy).
Spencer and Orit are repped by WME and Jackoway Austen.
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Apple TV+ is a new streaming service with original stories from the most creative minds in TV and film. Coming this fall.
This week Apple announced their new Apple TV+ at a special event. Octavia stars in one of their new series called Are You Sleeping?.
– Octavia Spencer Online > 2019 > March 25 | Apple TV+ Event
I have to admit this is one of my all-time favorite films! It is the story of a couple who takes in three children from Foster Care. I am a current foster parent. I have adopted one beautiful girl and am fostering my beautiful 8 month old foster daughter. It is emotional but rewarding work! If you want to learn more reach out to your state’s foster care program!
How exciting! Melissa and her good friend Octavia in the same film! FABULOUS! Thank you Deadline for the news!
EXCLUSIVE: As we watch superhero movies dominate Deadline’s Most Profitable Pic tournament, it was just a matter of time before Netflix got in that game. Sure enough, sources say they are wrapping up deals with Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy to star this fall in Thunder Force, a film that Ben Falcone has written and will direct. They are keeping the specifics under wraps, but I’m told the story will center on the two stars getting superpowers.
The film will be produced by Marc Platt, Falcone and McCarthy. Spencer is coming off exec producing Best Picture winner Green Book, and she most recently was Oscar nominated for The Shape of Water and Hidden Figures after winning for The Help. McCarthy is coming off an Oscar nomination for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Spencer is repped by WME and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; McCarthy and Falcone are repped by CAA and MGMT.