Actress Octavia Spencer is finally getting her time to shine, thanks to a standout performance in “The Help” that’s already being hailed the best performance of her career.

The actress, who plays the strong-willed maid Minnie Jackson in the film, says that playing this role has been nothing but a blessing. “The good Lord was smiling down on me,” she told EURweb.

It helped that her connection with Kathryn Stockett — author of the best-selling novel upon which the film is based — was instant.

“They were very supportive of the idea of me in the movie,” she added, revealing that Jennifer Hudson, Mo’Nique, and Queen Latifah were early contenders for the part.

Find out what ESSENCE cover girl Viola Davis had to say about playing a maid in the film.

Will you be going to see “The Help”?