Octavia Spencer on Why She Will Cherish Her Experience Making ‘Spirited’

Octavia Spencer portrays Kimberly in Spirited, which is a hilarious musical twist on A Christmas Carol that presents the story from the perspective of the ghosts. The movie premieres in theaters on Friday, November 11, and begins streaming Friday, November 18 on Apple TV+.

Each Christmas Eve, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Will Ferrell) selects one dark soul to be reformed by a visit from three spirits. But this season, he picked the wrong Scrooge. Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds) turns the tables on his ghostly host until Present finds himself reexamining his own past, present and future.

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The actress won an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG Award, and Critics Choice Award for her performance as Minny in The Help. Additionally, she has received two Oscar nominations for acting and served as an executive producer on Green Book, which won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Spencer also received Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG, and NAACP Image Award nominations for her role in Hidden Figures.

Most recently, she can be seen in the second season of the Apple TV+ thriller, Truth Be Told. Other television credits include Mom, 30 Rock, Halfway Home, Ugly Betty, The Big Bang Theory, E.R., CSI, CSI: NY, Raising the Bar, Medium, and NYPD Blue. In 2020, the actress played the title role in the miniseries, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. Her performance earned her Emmy and Image Award nominations.

Her extensive film work includes Encounter, Thunder Force, The Witches, Onward, Dolittle, Luce, Ma, The Shape of Water, Instant Family, A Kid Like Jake, Small Town Crime, The Shack, Allegiant, Zootopia, The Free World, Fathers and Daughters, Get On Up, Fruitvale Station, Snowpiercer, Smashed, Paradise, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Black or White, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, Gifted, Blues for Willadean, Fly Paper, Peep World, Dinner for Schmucks, Small Town Saturday Night, Herpes Boy, Halloween II, The Soloist, Drag Me to Hell, Seven Pounds, Pretty Ugly People, Coach Carter, Charm School, Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!, Bad Santa, Bad Santa 2, Spider-Man, Big Momma’s House, Being John Malkovich, Never Been Kissed, as well as A Time to Kill.

In 2009, the actress directed and produced a short film titled, The Captain, which was a finalist for the coveted Poetry Foundation Prize at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. In 2019, Spencer launched her production company, ORIT Entertainment. Projects under the ORIT banner include Truth Be Told, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, and the award-winning documentary short, Right to Try.

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We had a wonderful conversation about telling this classic tale in a whole new way, why the experience was special, and mixing so many different genres together!

Watch my full interview here: