After Wowing Critics In 'The Help,' Octavia Spencer Says '90 Percent' Of Roles Offered Were Maids

“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 talented and warm Octavia Spencer has played plenty of esteemed roles, from the mother of the late Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station to her upcoming role as NASA mathematician Dorthy Vaughan in Hidden Figures,  but at the most pivotal point in her career, she fell displeased with the roles coming her way.

Speaking with fellow actor Dev Patel for Variety's Actors on Actors segment Friday (Dec. 2), Spencer says after filming the role of maid Minny Jackson in The Help, she was nearly typecasted. “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. "Right after I did The Help, it was barely in the can, I was all excited about the possibilities that were to come and 90 percent of the roles were, 'Oh, we have this great role for you,' it's a maid. 'We have this wonderful role for you,' it was a maid."

Spencer went on to win an Oscar for "Best Supporting Actress," but says she had to play her cards right. "Here's the thing, I just played the best damn maid role written," she continued. "I don't have a problem playing a maid again, but it has to top this one and none of them did. For me, it was about looking in different places exploring different directors, who hadn't earned their stripes in Hollywood but you can see it because they were great writer/directors and sitting it out and just waiting for those great roles."

The actress went on to take small, but critically acclaimed roles in films like Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, James Brown biopic Get On Up and provide the internets with a new take on Harriet Tubman in the Comedy Central Comedy hit, Drunk History. Her typecast woes have been echoed by friends and peers like Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson.

Check out her conversation with Patel here and the entire Actors on Actors segment, here.

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Rapper and entrepreneur Jay “Jeezy” Jenkins has teamed up with FOX Soul for his very own talk show, Worth A Conversation with Jay “Jeezy” Jenkins. Set to premiere next month on the live and interactive streaming channel, Worth A Conversation aims to hold conversations on topics that resonate within the Black community and intersect entertainment, politics, social justice, sports, and more.

“It has been my passion and my drive to inspire, motivate, and educate my culture," said Jenkins in the official press release. "Every song I’ve ever written, every word I’ve uttered came from a real place and this is no different. Worth A Conversation is self-explanatory. I will talk about issues that directly affect my culture and it’s people. From the front porch conversations to real-life situations, Worth A Conversation is bridging the gap. I’m excited to be a part of the FOX Soul family and can’t wait to introduce you to Jay “Jeezy” Jenkins.”

It's no surprise that Jeezy is taking the hosting route. His fiancée Jeannie Mai serves as a co-host on the daytime syndicated talk show, The Real, which began it's run on the FOX network. Guess it's safe to say talk show hosting will soon be family business.

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Debuting October 14th at 7 pm PT / 10 pm ET, Worth A Conversation will be streamable on the FOX Soul app (on your mobile app or smart TV) or on foxsoul.tv.

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Yara Shahidi Cast As Tinker Bell In Live-Action ‘Peter Pan’

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Chris Rock, Megan Thee Stallion Sign On For ‘SNL’ Season Premiere

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Rock, who has hosted the SNL three times, was a cast member from 1990 until 1993. After SNL, Rock joined the cast of In Living Color, and embarked on a successful career in stand-up comedy.

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