“You Don’t Know Me Well Enough To Use That Tone”: ELLE Covergirl Octavia Spencer Talks Getting Bullied In Hollywood

October 4, 2012  |  

T. Whiteside for Elle

For ELLE magazine’s new “Women in Hollywood” issue, the magazine enlisted not only women like Sarah Jessica Parker for the cover (a usual face–don’t front), they also asked sista girl Octavia Spencer to sit and get glammed up for her own separate magazine cover. The Oscar-winning actress, who made a huge name for herself after playing the outspoken, headstrong maid, Minny, in The Help, put on her big hair and some fly fashions for the shoot. Inside the magazine, Spencer talked about the bullying she had to deal with in Hollywood as she tried to make a name for herself. In fact, she called out, without naming names specifically, a famous producer who tried to play her in front of a group of people in a crowded office, and told the magazine that even though he made her cry, she had to put him in his place first:

“Early on I had to stand up to a producer – I won’t say who, but he is famous, famous.  He dressed me down in a crowded office.  I told him right there in front of a hundred people, ‘You don’t know me well enough to use that tone’…And then I ran to the bathroom and cried like a baby.  But he never addressed me that way again.  And he is known as a yeller.”

I know that’s right! I think we’ve all heard the stories from celebrities about rude and/or very thirsty movers and shakers in Hollywood who use their clout to make people do just about anything, or treat them like crap. Good to see Spencer pulled her backbone out and stood up for herself, and of course, knew that a smart lady always cries like a baby in the bathroom–never in public. *winks*

If you’re aching to find out what else Spencer had to say in her interview, you know what to do–pick up the new issue of Elle when it drops on newsstands on Oct. 16!But in the meantime, check out more foxy images of this very lovable lady.

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  • Faith

    Octavia looks very beautiful on the cover. Ebony, Essence, I really hope that you are paying attention. It is really ashame that these mainstream magazines are stepping up to put beautiful black women on their cover while at the same time you are putting the same people on your covers. I would like to know when are you guys are going to step the game up? I already contact you by email addressing my complaints about lack of diversity of different black people on your cover.

  • dbatt001

    um that face is beat and that hair is laid for the Gods! She looks good

  • sabrina


  • cha cha

    She is stunningly beautiful… Go head with yo bad self, Octavia Spencer!

  • Denise

    She looks beautiful! Will definitely pick up this issue to read her feature.

  • Darling

    I loved that first image when I saw it. She was gorgeous!!! However, why the tear? It seems to me that they glammed her up, but had to push her back into the stereotypical, embattled saddened black woman box with the tear. I’ve never seen popular cover girls like Kate Hudson, J. Aniston, Sarah Parker etc…, crying in the many photos they’ve been in. They’re supposed to be happy and lively. We are always supposed to be hurt and bitter.

    • me

      look closely. i dont think its a tear. its her hair making a shadow

      • Eve G

        that’s def a tear.

    • sabrina

      i don’t see anything….*awkward*

    • dbatt001

      that is not a tear haha…delete delete lol.