"It's our society," Octavia Spencer told me backstage at tonight's SAG Awards, right after her big Best Supporting Actress win for The Help. I had just asked what the foodie actress thought of stick-thin Hollywood actresses.
Octavia was hardly done:
"It's a society that tells you you're no longer valuable at a certain age," commanded the actress, who played a maid famous for her fried chicken and chocolate pie. "Or because of your weight."
Nevertheless, Spencer went on to say that she wasn't proud of her own weight—that she could lose a "little 'round the middle"—but that she still "feels" for women who starve themselves in Hollywood and wishes they wouldn't.
"Women would be much happier if they ate. I know I sure get a headache when I don' t eat!"
"But, you know what, Ted?" Octavia, glittering in gray satin and sequins, said picking up her heavy SAG trophy. "I'm just gonna lift this baby a few times to lose that little bit of weight I need to!"
Don't agree, Octavia, you look sensational!