With Vio­la Davis and Octavia Spencer cur­rent­ly appear­ing in films gen­er­at­ing Oscar buzz (Davis in Fences, Spencer in Hid­den Fig­ures), some of their old inter­views are resur­fac­ing. Both actress­es appeared in W Magazine’s Feb­ru­ary 2012 issue, about 6 months after star­ring as maids in The Help, to speak briefly about their roles and their careers. Back then, and still today, both women were blaz­ing a trail for black actress­es over 40, and with their deep brown skin, they rep­re­sent­ed a beau­ty that Hol­ly­wood often mar­gin­al­izes or flat out ignores. Davis dis­cussed this in her inter­view;

“No mat­ter what, peo­ple don’t think of me for glam­orous parts. I’ll go to an audi­tion or a meet­ing in a pret­ty dress, and they still think of me as depressed or embat­tled. Hope­ful­ly, that will change.”

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Spencer, also, point­ed out that her domes­tic role in The Help was far removed from her real life.

“I don’t know how to cook or bake or pre­pare any­thing in the kitchen, and my char­ac­ter, ­Min­ny, is a fan­tas­tic cook. That was the hard­est part of play­ing her. I don’t know how to do any­thing oth­er than get a plate from the cab­i­net and stick some­thing in the microwave.”

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It’s heart­en­ing to look back 5 years lat­er and know that these women went on to find roles more befit­ting of their tal­ent and range. And we can’t wait to see what they do next.

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They both look soo gor­geous! ?


I’m sur­prised they got it cor­rect because I know when they did Janet Jackson’s they had her look­ing like a drag queen. Who­ev­er they had for this shoot they need to keep them on speed dial for all of their women of col­or cov­er mod­els.


I gasped! Slay*Just*Slay!


They are a pow­er­ful force! Beau­ti­ful, tal­ent­ed actress­es!


Yassss! They look beau­ti­ful!