Red band so­ci­ety

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oc­tavia spencer’s star has been ris­ing steadily since win­ning the best sup­port­ing os­car for her role in 2011 movie the help, although her follow-up roles haven’t had nearly as much im­pact. we’re cur­rently see­ing her as feisty nurse jack­son in the hos­pi­tal drama red band so­ci­ety (2014). “she’s a no-non­sense, taskmaster… but she also has a heart that she shows very spar­ingly,” says 44-year-old oc­tavia. while the show looked set to do well, it was a rat­ings flop and has been can­celled.

oc­tavia’s only found fame in her 40s but she’s been in show­biz since she was a teen. at 19, oc­tavia in­terned on the set of whoopi gold­berg’s film the long walk home (1990). then in 1996, she was hired to work in cast­ing on the movie a time to kill, but after read­ing the script she was cer­tain that she could play one of the parts and con­vinced the di­rec­tor to let her au­di­tion. her brief role as a nurse started her act­ing ca­reer. she’s also had guest ap­pear­ances on tv shows like a 1999 stint on er (1994-2009), the x files (1993-2002) in 1999 and mul­ti­ple episodes of mom (2013-cur­rent). she had gas­tric by­pass surgery in 2012 and lost over 22kg. oc­tavia’s been tak­ing red band so­ci­ety’s can­cel­la­tion in her stride – we’ll soon see her op­po­site kate winslet in sci-fi movie in­sur­gent and she’s voic­ing a character in up­com­ing an­i­mated film b.o.o: bureau of oth­er­wordly op­er­a­tions, along­side matt bomer and bill mur­ray. act­ing isn’t her only cre­ative tal­ent –she’s also a writer and is us­ing her skills to write her­self an ex­cit­ing new role. “i’m try­ing to write now and get things i want to pro­duce now that i’m meet­ing all of th­ese great pro­duc­ers and peo­ple with deep pock­ets,” she ex­plains.

oc­tavia spencer’s been in fine form on tv, although her shows have missed the mark.

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