Octavia Spencer has made a career out of playing curvy women on screen. Think Madame Nora, the full-figured pet psychic in “Dinner for Schmucks,” or zaftig Kate, the nurse, in “Seven Pounds.” And who could forget her role as brazen Minnie Jackson in “The Help.”
The latter was so memorable, it earned Spencer a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. And even though it’s helped propel her into the spotlight, the actress confessed she isn’t happy with her weight.
"I am not healthy at this weight," Spencer told reporters backstage at the SAG Awards.
Spencer joked that she might use the newly acquired statue to help her shed the pounds. When accepting the award during the ceremony, Spencer added, “Oh wow, I need to work out a little more. That guy’s heavy.”
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These words, coming from the mouth of an actress who played a stout, sassy southern maid teaching her employer how to perfect fried chicken, were a bit of a surprise to the media. We’re starting to see Hollywood women accept their curves, and here is Spencer, saying hers may have been holding her back?
Now it appears Spencer feels her words were taken out of context. Spencer posted messages on her Facebook and Twitter pages to dispel the wrong interpretation of her interview.
“First of all, Ladies and Gents, here's what I am NOT DOING....I am NOT WORRYING ABOUT MY WEIGHT! I AM NOT TRYING TO CONFORM TO an unrealistic model of beauty. I AM however being proactive in being the healthiest I can be. Right now, believe it or not, I'm pretty [darn] healthy! 20 LBS (max) is all I intend to lose,” Spencer wrote on her Facebook page.
“Another misquote. My quote 'u are less valued if you’re overweight' taken out of context,” she tweeted.
It all started with this quote, given to a slew of reporters after the SAG ceremony ended:
"When you reach a certain weight, you are less valuable," Spencer explained.
But by “certain,” Spencer didn't limit the weight to heavy -- she’s concerned for the underweight women too. "I feel for the overly thin women as much as I do for the overweight women. It ... has to change."
Spencer said she blames society for putting pressure on women to look at certain way, and that she doesn't buy into it.
Her advice to women who want to reach a happy weight? “Be happy in your own skin. If you are unhealthy start by making small changes to become healthier. You are unique, beautiful, and worthy.”