Octavia Spencer On Choosing Awards Over Getting Married; The Anticipated Weight Loss Secrets Revealed

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Octavia Spencer On Choosing Awards Over Getting Married; The Anticipated Weight Loss Secrets Revealed

Quick Information

  • Date of Birth 1972-05-25
  • Age 48 Years 10 Month(s)
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Place Montgomery, Alabama, United States
  • Profession Actress
  • Birth Name Octavia Lenora Spencer
  • Nick Name Octavia L. Spencer
  • Zodiac Sign Gemini
  • Ethnicity/Race African American
  • Mother Dellsena Spencer
  • Sister/s Rosa Spencer, Areka Spencer
  • Children/Kids Not Yet
  • Relationship Status Single
  • Gay No
  • Net Worth $12 Million
  • Awards Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, NAACP Image Award, National Board of Review Award, Satellite Award, Black Reel Award, PGA Visionary Vanguard Award

Many of us need a companion to spend our life, share our happiness and sorrows but some people prefer to live alone even after having a successful career.

While there are so many celebrities who are enjoying blissful married life and prolific career together, actress Octavia Spencer seems to be choosing awards over getting married.

Choosing Awards Over Marriage?

The 44-year-old Octavia, who is always popular for maintaining privacy in her personal life talked about her relationship status in an interview with Parade in July 2013 where she revealed that she is not dating anyone. She stated-

“Less! The visibility is scary, so I get it. At this point, I’m not looking. He has to find his way to me. I’m totally fine with not being married or a mom right now. There was a time when that kind of stuff depressed me, but the universe had other things in store.”

In the same year in November, the Oscar-Award-winner Octavia in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter said: 

“I should be married and have 19 kids, and now I'm thinking my eggs are dying on the shelf. They're going to go past their expiration date. But it's what I chose, so I'm fine with that decision.”

When asked about the dating affair she said:

“I don’t really like to talk about dating. It’s not easy dating anywhere, but definitely not easy dating in Hollywood.I don’t know whether I’d call it ‘fun.’ It’s very interesting –let’s just say that.”

By going through her interviews where she has talked about her relationship status and plans of not having children, we can assume that she is choosing her profession over having a husband and kids.

However, she was once linked with Josh Hopkins, and Tate Taylor as both of them are good friends with her. Tate Taylor is just a good friend of Octavia who has been with her whenever she was working hard to make her career established.

Octavia Spencer and Tate Taylor at the 12th Annual AFI Awards on January 13, 2012 (zimbio.com)

On January 2012, Octavia attended Screen Actors Guild Awards where she took her friend Josh Hopkins as her date.


Octavia Spencer and Josh Hopkins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2012 (pinterest.com)

On the red carpet, Octavia said-

"I decided to rob Cougar Town -- I'm a cougar tonight, but Josh is my dear friend, so I'm not going to put my claws in him.”

She further added:

"I thought it only fitting to have a good friend by my side who's not a part of Team Help."

Likewise, Hopkin’s said-

"To see your friend's dreams come true, there's really nothing that can make you happier, I've seen the blood, sweat and the tears, so she deserves this night. Maybe the world is just discovering her, but she's been a talent for a long time. To see her explode in the public consciousness like this -- them discover what I've known, her beauty and talent -- is a good time."

For last few years, the African-American actress has been Oscar's favorite as she is a proud actress who has bagged three Oscar nomination under her name for her roles in movies Hidden Figures, The Help and The Shape of Water.

Her first nomination was back in 2012 for her role in the movie The Help and managed to win the same year and was given a standing ovation by the crowd during her acceptance speech that made her in tears.

Making The Help and getting my first Oscar nomination was wonderful. It felt special to all of us women who worked on it. I was a bit of a film buff and to have Mary Steenburgen, Sissy Spacek and Cicely Tyson in a movie with me was very special.

2018 Oscar was no exception for her as she was nominated for her role in The Shape of Water this year. She almost made it down to the history by claiming the title for the most decorated African-American award winner in Oscar. But she had to bid that goodbye as she the best-supporting-actress title to I, Tonya, actress Allison Jenny

The actress is very content with her work, age and color and has no rush in settling down yet.

Weight loss secrets revealed.

Though Octavia had already marked her place in Hollywood, she had an on-going battle with her weight for a very long time. However, Octavia managed to lose her weight which was kind of amazing.  But do you know there was a secret behind her incredible weight loss?

In March 2012, a report claimed that Octavia had gastric bypass surgery in 2005. In the surgery, the size of the patient’s stomach is reduced so that the patient eats limited.  

Later, Octavia again gained weight though she maintained a liquid diet after the surgery. A source close to Octavia said-

“The problem is Octavia is always hungry, and she doesn't want to eat a salad or fish for dinner.”

The source added:

“Octavia likes her favorites - fried chicken, mashed potatoes and hot rolls with plenty of butter. Once you have that surgery, you can't eat like that.”

Her weight-loss landed her  $940,000 in the lawsuit from Sensa Products Inc who unfairly fired her and even owned her money.

American actress and author Octavia Spencer has a prolific career where she has appeared in a large number of films and television series. Her portrayals have not only helped her to gain immense popularity but also have helped her to win different titles and awards.

Her famous acting credits are  Zootopia (2016), The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016), The Free World (2016), Bad Santa 2 (2016), Gifted (2017), The Shape of Water (2017), The Shack (2017) and A Kid Like Jake (2017).