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Octavia Spencer Talks Spanx and Sharing a Trainer with Paula Patton

"You would not believe that Paula Patton and I have the same trainer," joked the Oscar nominee.
Oscar nominee Octavia Spencer had lots of good-natured wisecracks at ESSENCE’s 5th Annual Black Women in Hollywood event, but no moment had guests laughing harder than when she complained her personal trainer is working harder on another actress in the room.

“You would not believe that Paula Patton and I have the same trainer,” Spencer said while accepting her Breakthrough Performance Award. “I think he’s spending more time with [her],” she added before looking at fellow honoree Patton and declaring, “I’m not thrilled about that, Paula.”

Spencer’s weight has been a hot topic this red carpet season. Earlier this month, shortly after she announced she’d gotten a personal trainer, Spencer wrote an open letter to the media on her Facebook page to address what she felt was too much scrutiny on her weight. “I am not trying to conform to an unrealistic model of beauty. I am, however, being proactive in being the healthiest I can be,” she said of her goal to lose “20 pounds max.”

At the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, Spencer revealed she’d worn three pairs of Spanx shapewear to give her body a smaller silhouette. So, how many pairs of Spanx did she wear to be honored by ESSENCE? “Only one, honey,” she told us on the red carpet. “I’m never going to be that overzealous again.”