Octavia Spencer quotes

  • The way to bring about change is to be proactive and active.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Way #Proactive #Active

  • I'm an actor and I am looking for roles where I can continue to evolve, and things that are challenging. I gravitate to the roles, not necessarily television or film. It's just the fact that, for me, the most interesting roles have been in television.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Interesting #Challenges #Television

  • To be silent is to be passive.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Silent #Passive

  • If you go through life and you don't find the beauty in an unexpected place, then you really have a sad existence.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Unexpected #Existence

  • Every character I get to play has some element of who I am, but there's no fun in playing yourself. At least, for me, there isn't.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Fun #Character #Play

  • At 21, you can live life with reckless abandon, as reckless as your abandon is. Then, at 30, there's something there are the supposed to be's. You're like, "I'm supposed to be doing this. I'm supposed to be doing that." You start measuring your life by what you think you're supposed to be doing. Having recently turned 40, it's like, "What the hell?! Why am I worried about what I'm supposed to be doing? What do I want to do?" You become fine with wherever the road takes you.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Live Life #Thinking #Want

  • There are moments where you stop living, if you stop changing, and if you stop seeking growth of some sort.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Growth #Moments

  • I'm glad that I get to take my final walk as the princess of 2012. ...there's nothing wrong with winning an Oscar!
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Princess #Winning #Oscars

  • I was always a closet lover of acting. My mom was very practical. She never, ever restricted our dreams, always told us we could do or be anything. Then I said, Maybe I want to be an actor. And she said, Maybe not that.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Mom #Dream #Acting

  • The fact that women are very young in obtaining their civil rights and African-Americans are young in obtaining their civil rights, I think it's about time that we extend that to all Americans, whether straight, gay, purple, green, black, brown.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Gay #Thinking #Purple

  • I think if I weren't so squeamish, I would have been some sort of forensic analyst. And I can't do anything with a microscope, because then I start thinking about the world of germs around us.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Thinking #World #Germs

  • I'm an Oscar nominee. I love saying that. Whatever happens, I'm going to sing that 'I'm an Oscar nominee' part.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Oscars

  • I'll say that I don't think you can throw a stone and not come in contact with someone who knows someone or has problems with substance abuse.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Thinking #Abuse #Substance

  • I'm probably the most militant person you'll ever meet and I speak my mind without provocation sometimes.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Mind #Sometimes #Speak

  • I'm not trying to be a different weight. I want to be a different body type so that I'm not an apple. I just want to be a pear!
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Apples #Trying #Weight

  • Christian Louboutin, I love you, but honey, please! But when you have this much weight, you've got to give us a little platform. Sorry! The shoes are stunning though. An ounce of pain, it's worth it.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #I Love You #Christian #Sorry

  • I gotta go home and feed my eels. They're not electric, but I have a plan.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Home #Eels #Electric

  • I hope that in some way that I can be some sort of beacon of hope, especially because I am not the typical Hollywood beauty.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Way #Typical #Hollywood

  • As you make your way along life's tumultuous highways, it's important to note that you should always carry a map, have plenty of fuel in the tank, and take frequent rest stops.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Important #Fuel #Maps

  • I have an affinity for the law. I like looking at the small type on contracts, and if I could have afforded law school, I probably would have gone.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #School #Law #Gone

  • You cannot live to please everyone else. You have to edify, educate and fulfill your own dreams and destiny, and hope that whatever your art is that you're putting out there, if it's received, great, I respect you for receiving it. If it's not received, great, I respect you for not.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Dream #Art #Destiny

  • Civil rights happened because youth got involved. The youth stood up and helped to break the pattern that their parents had got accustomed to living. The next generation has to take that stand for whatever it is, socially, that they are involved in.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Rights #Parent #Generations

  • I don't have one role that I want to play. I guess... I want to be a producer. I want to be an activist. I want to be proactive in bringing about work for men, women, boys, girls, everybody who is good at what they do and deserve a shot at it.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Girl #Boys #Men

  • I like a person who knows how to say something dark at a very dark moment. The darker the moment and the darker the comic, the better. Something that is so wrong on all levels.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Dark #Levels #Moments

  • I think it's actually a misperception that I am a comedic actress. I do more drama than comedy but very little of it has been seen. When you are in big funny movies and they do well and your little part in it kind of explodes people perceive you as a comedian.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Drama #Thinking #People

  • As we women know, there are so many other hurdles that we have to cross that I would love it if we could stop having the race conversation so that we can get women further on. You know, a female president now that we have an African American president. Maybe we can get an Asian female, a gay person?
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Gay #Race #African American

  • I just think that you have to believe in yourself and you have to work very hard. You can't ever think that you're the best thing since sliced bread because I promise you, there are going to be Viola Davises and Jessica Chastains and Emma Stones who are the best thing since sliced bread. So take it seriously, but don't take it too seriously.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Believe #Thinking #Promise

  • You know, bigotry isn't relevant to just the South. It never was. But I'm very grateful that I don't know what it's like from experience.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Grateful #Relevant #Bigotry

  • You have to create your own path and I'm up to the challenge.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Challenges #Path

  • The first time I saw E.T., the actual image of an alien, and he was so sweet-looking. I wanted him. I wanted E.T.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Sweet #Saws #Firsts

  • Let's just say that I have a tendency if I am uncomfortable in a situation to speak my mind.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Mind #Speak #Tendencies

  • I'm not a fan of 'Gone With the Wind.' I didn't like the movie. I didn't like the book.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Book #Wind #Fans

  • I prefer doing interviews where people don't have to interpret what you say. I'm going to be real honest.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Real #People #Interviews

  • I'm not an optimist. I'm a realist. And my reality is that we live in a multifaceted, multicultural world. And maybe once we stop labeling ourselves, then maybe everyone else will.
    -- Octavia Spencer

    #Reality #World #Realist