Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer has only been in a few frock flicks, but they’ve been interesting ones and I really think she should do more historical work! These roles have been meatier than a lot of the modern-set films and TV series she’s been in, so these show more of her range and talent. She brings depth to even the smallest part. I hope she gets more of the kind of juicy roles she deserves.
Minny Jackson in The Help (2011)
Aunt Honey in Get on Up (2014)
Harriet Tubman in Drunk History, “Spies” (2015)
Dorothy Vaughan in Hidden Figures (2016)
Zelda Delilah Fuller in The Shape of Water (2017)
Sarah Breedlove / Madam C.J. Walker in Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (2020)
What’s your favorite historical role played by Octavia Spencer?