​Octavia Spencer treats less fortunate families to 'Hidden Figures' screening

By Sarah Walker

Octavia Spencer isn't just an amazing actress, she's also a remarkable person. The 46-year-old has booked a screening of her new movie, Hidden Figures, for less fortunate families in Los Angeles.

She posted the news to her Instagram account on Thursday.

"Tomorrow I've bought the 8pm showing of #hiddenfigures the rave Baldwin hills," she wrote in the post's caption. "If you know a family in need that would like to see our movie but can't afford it have them come. 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."

According to Bustle, the accompanying image is a watercolour portrait of Octavia's character in the film created by artist Stella Blu.

The biographical drama recently beat out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to take the No. 1 spot at the box office on its opening weekend.

Speaking to ET about the film's success, the actress said, "We were up against a big space franchise and we won."


Octavia stars in the biographical film Hidden Figures.

She added: "I think it sends a message that we all have something to contribute. And it's not just about the three black women, it's about the fact that the computers wore skirts. It highlights the story of these three women but there were black and white women working behind the scenes that never got their dues. Hidden Figures is a way to celebrate them all."

As she notes, the film focuses on three women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson ( Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) -- who helped put the first man in space. Set in the '60s, the women faced exceptional prejudice, not only because of their race, but also their gender.

Octavia was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her role, while Pharrell Williams was nominated for Best Original Score.

According to reports, the free screening will be available to folks on a first-come, first-served basis.

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