Octavia Spencer On Why She Loves Quvenzhané Wallis

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Spencer has taken on a mentor role with young actress Wallis.

Academy award winning actress Octavia Spencer is actress Quvenzhané Wallis’ newest fan.

They met for the first time at this year’s Academy awards celebration during a pre-Oscar party. After hitting it off instantly, Spencer plans to continue to further her new bond with Wallis and be there when the young actress needs support.

“I told Quvenzhané that no matter what anybody tries to tell you, or who they want you to be, always be yourself,” says Spencer, according to Page Six. “I told her she has a long career ahead of her and she has to stay true to herself.”

Like so many Americans, Spencer went on to confess that she too was absolutely blown away by Wallis’ talent.

Wallis received an Oscar-nod for her performance as “Hushpuppy” in 2012’s Beasts of the Southern Wild and just signed on to play Annie in the new production from Will and Jada Pinkett-Smih.

 “I was blown away by her talent,” Octavia gushed. “I felt like we are looking at the next young star, the next Harry Potter.”

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