Octavia Spencer Wants More Diversity and Inclusion in Film

Octavia Spencer Wants More Diversity and Inclusion in Film

Octavia Spencer accepted the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Award at Harvard University on Thursday, January 26. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, their website states.

The Oscar nominated actress for her performance in the film “Hidden Figures,” used the award to address her hopes for the entertainment industry at a Q&A session afterwards her acceptance.

“My dream role is that of a producer, a woman behind the scenes who creates roles for diversity in film,” she said. “And when I say diversity, I mean I want to see women of all shapes and sizes, people of all shapes and sizes, people with disabilities. It’s about creating a landscape that demonstrates what our society is as a whole.”

She continued:

“As a female whose African American, who is also a producer, it’s my job to make sure I voice those opinions and women also have to ask for what they want. Sometimes they’re going to say no, but all we need is one yes,” she said.

Spencer addressed that she is excited to speak and be further educated after speaking on a panel with Gloria Steinem at the upcoming MAKERS Conference February 6-8.

She speaks to the future generation, encouraging them to never give up.

“It’s a long haul. It took me fifteen years to become an overnight success, so know that you have to buy a good pair of sneakers and—and—and train and if you stay in the game long enough, you will win. You will win a race. The question is, will you be persistent at it?” Spencer asked.

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