OCTAVIA SPENCER SAYS WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE SCOPE OF HOW WE DREAM
Posted On Feb 08, 2017
Actress Olivia Spencer feels very strongly about dreaming big. “We have to change the scope of how we dream,” she said. “I want every child to dream crazy, wonderful dreams but at the same time it should be something to aspire to and work forward. For me, in the beginning, I was happy when someone paid me to act and it was $500.00 and I felt like the richest woman in the world.” NEW YOU caught with up Spencer chatting to political activist, Gloria Steinem, on stage at the 2017 Makers Conference in Los Angeles. It was day one of the conference. While responding to questions from the audience, Spencer made a point of saying that the word “no” is the most powerful word we have in our vocabulary. “I was asked to be a prostitute a lot and I did one and loved it in that sense, and I was asked to play a nurse a lot,” she reminisced, adding that she also kept herself busy writing children’s books. “But there was I time when I felt had to make a decision and I thought, you know, I have had my fair share of maids and prostitutes and nurses, and that the role I am destined to play is to be one of the greatest producers in Hollywood!” Spencer admitted that although it was a terrifying thought that involved a huge undertaking, she felt strongly about being a conduit for story tellers. “I choose stories that resonate in my heart,” she said. “I want to put out into the world things that will not only inspire and enlighten but also act as escapism because God knows we need some right now. That’s what I’m most terrified of but also most excited about. I know I can get a job as an actor, but can I put a movie together – that is what I am learning right now.” Gloria Steinem added that she should produce a movie on the life of Donald Trump. “In six months!” laughed Steinem. “I nominate Alec Baldwin to play Trump,” added Spencer.