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The actress paid for a screening so that families who couldn't afford an evening at the movies had the opportunity to see the film. 

Sydney Scott
Jan, 14, 2017

Hidden Figures actress Octavia Spencer is paying it forward with a free screening of the critically acclaimed film.

The star, who plays Dorothy Vaughan in the film, shared that she wanted those who couldn't afford a night at the movies to have an opportunity to see the film. 

"Tomorrow I've bought the 8pm showing of #hiddenfigures the rave Baldwin hills. If you know a family in need that would like to see our movie but can't afford it have them come," she wrote on Instagram,  "It's first come first served. My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings. So, I'm honoring her and all single parents this #mlkweekend Pass the word."

Michelle Obama previously hosted a special screening of the film at the White House, where discussions turned to getting girls more involved in science and math.

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The Space Center Houston also hosted screening for kids in the area with chief operating officer Tracy Lamm telling KPRC, "As a former NASA employee, I can say that it really spoke to me very strongly, and I said, ‘We got to tell this story,’ and I’m glad they’re doing a movie and a book about it…We really wanted to reach some students who could get inspired by this movie. We hear a lot about the astronauts, we hear a lot about the people that are program managers and some of the scientists, but the people who really get to do the work behind the scenes — those people are very important to successful missions every day for NASA and many other agencies.”