Dev Patel Octavia Spencer Variety Actors
Dev Patel Octavia Spencer Variety Actors

Octavia Spencer: '90% of the Roles' I Was Offered After 'The Help' Were Maids

Octavia Spencer revealed in an interview with Dev Patel for Variety‘s fifth season of “Actors on Actors” that “90% of the roles” she was offered after filming “The Help” were maids.

Spencer and Patel talked about avoiding typecasting and the importance of diversity in their most recent films — “Hidden Figures” and “Lion,” respectively.

“The archetypes that they really want to see — a woman of zaftig stature and a cute, little Cheshire cat grin — is the nurturer or the sassy whatever,” Spencer said.

The interview will air in its entirety on Variety’s “Actors on Actors” Season 5, presented by The Venetian Las Vegas, which debuts on PBS SoCal on Jan. 3.

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