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?
She’s fantastic. I would love to see her in more historic roles. Of these, my favorite is Hidden Figures. :-)
Yesss, she’s awesome! I haven’t seen all of these but I’ve loved her in everything I have seen.
I love this woman, she is on my”worship and adore” list………..(she’s in very good company)
I was hoping you’d include the Drunk History episode and you delivered! I love that one so much!
Choosing is hard, though I do have a soft spot for Drunk History.
She’s also in a new Frock Flick, “Roald Dahl’s The Witches.” Takes places in 1968.
What a cast, and Guillermo del Toro is one of the writers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Witches_(2020_film)
Dorothy in Hidden Figures has such a perfectly ladylike, sophisticated yet professional wardrobe. And a killer collection of brooches!
(TLo has a superb piece discussing the mid-century fashions in that movie)
My fave is her character from The Shape of Water.