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Octavia Spencer on Being in a Ensemble Cast for 'Red Band Society': 'I Don't Need to Be the Prize'

Octavia Spencer is all smiles as she waves to the audience while making an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers at NBC Studios on Tuesday (September 16) in New York City.

That same day, the 44-year-old actress also visited The Meredith Vieira Show to promote her new show Red Band Society, which premieres tonight on Fox!

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Octavia recently opened up about choosing to be a part of a ensemble cast for Red Band Society instead of taking on a leading role.

“I have the prize in the Cracker Jack box. I don’t need to be the prize. Big distinction. Big difference,” Octavia expressed (via Khou). “I like the fact that it really is about (the kids) and their journey and you have these adult characters who kind of keep them within boundaries.”

FYI: Octavia is wearing a Tadashi Shoji dress on Late Night. She’s wearing an Anne Klein dress on Meredith‘s show.

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Octavia Spencer's 'Black & White' Co-Star Anthony Mackie Believes Racism Is Taught to Kids

Octavia Spencer adds a splash of blue while arriving at a press conference for her new movie Black and White during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival held at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sunday (September 7) in Toronto, Canada.

The 44-year-old actress was joined by her co-stars Kevin Costner, Anthony Mackie, Bill Burr, Mpho Koaho, and Jillian Estell.

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“I’m a firm believer that racism is ignorance, it’s something that’s taught,” Anthony shared at the press conference.

He added, “A child is not born racist and I feel that as a generation we need to get out of the way of the coming generation and allow them to be the best that they can be and not allow our sh-t to convolute their view of the world.”

10+ pictures inside of Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner attending the Black and White press conference in Toronto… More Here! »

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Octavia Spencer & Kevin Costner Bring Custody Battle to 'Black & White' TIFF Premiere

Octavia Spencer goes green while attending the premiere of her latest film Black And White during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival held at Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday (September 6) in Toronto, Canada.

The 44-year-old actress was joined by her co-stars Kevin Costner, Anthony Mackie, Bill Burr, actor Mpho Koaho, and Jillian Estell.

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Check out a new clip below of Octavia and Kevin in the film, which centers on a “grieving widower who is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.”

FYI: Octavia is wearing a Tadashi Shoji dress and an EF Collection ring.


Octavia Spencer & Kevin Costner – ‘Black and White’ Trailer

10+ pictures inside of Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner at the Black And White premiere… More Here! »

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Octavia Spencer is Red Hot at Emmys 2014!

Octavia Spencer hits the red carpet at the 2014 Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday (August 25) in Los Angeles.

The 44-year-old Red Band Society actress presented the award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie with Allison Janney.

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FYI: Octavia is wearing a custom Tadashi Shoji dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, and a Rauwolf clutch.

Make sure to tune into the 2014 Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, airing right now on NBC!

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Octavia Spencer Gives Hilarious Answer on Why She Joined 'Red Band Society'

Octavia Spencer dons a little black dress while hitting up the Fox Summer TCA All Star Party at an exclusive hotspot on Sunday (July 20) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 44-year-old actress was joined at the party by her co-stars Dave Annable and Charlie Rowe.

Earlier in the day, Octavia sported curls while attending a panel for her new show Red Band Society during the FOX Network portion of the 2014 TCA Summer Press Tour held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

At the panel, Octavia and Dave were joined by their co-stars Astro, Zoe Levin, Griffin Gluck, Wilson Cruz, and Rebecca Rittenhouse.

“I got really tired of being a sex symbol,” Octavia joked at the panel about why she signed on for the project.

Red Band Society centers on the “lives of a group of teenagers living in a hospital.”

15+ pictures inside of Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable at the TCA Press Tour… More Here! »

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Octavia Spencer Labeled 'Scary Bitch' on New 'Red Band Society' Poster

Octavia Spencer arrives at LAX Airport after spending some time out of town on Saturday (July 19) in Los Angeles.

The 44-year-old actress’ new show Red Band Society just released a brand new poster featuring lots of members of the cast including Dave Annable and other patients at the hospital, The Wrap reports.

Each character is labeled on the poster and Octavia‘s character was called the “Scary Bitch”. Yikes! Dave‘s character received “The Hot Doc” label.

Check out the brand new poster, and be sure to look out for Red Band Society, airing on September 17 on Fox. More Here! »

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Octavia Spencer is a Ray of Sunshine at 'Today' Show

Octavia Spencer steps out of her SUV as she arrives at the Today show studios to do some promo work on Thursday (July 17) in New York City.

The 44-year-old actress promoted her flick Get On Up, which is released in theaters on August 1.

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Get On Up is a chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. Be sure to check it out – the flick also stars Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Dan Aykroyd, and more.

FYI: Octavia is wearing Jamie Wolf earrings.

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