Octavia Spencer won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Help” and then took the opportunity afterwards to talk about the issue of women’s weight in Hollywood.
Octavia Spencer, who admits that she is not at a healthy weight herself, says though being a heavier women in Hollywood is not easy, society’s pressures don’t make it any easier about being self-conscious of weight and the same goes for the ultra thin.
“I feel for the overly thin women as much as I do for the overweight women” she said. “It … has to change.”
She added “Any time you have too much around the middle, then there is a problem. When you reach a certain weight, you are less valuable. It’s a society that tells you you’re no longer valuable at a certain age,” adding, “Or because of your weight.”
She encourages women overweight and underweight to eat in moderation but either way they must eat.
“If more women ate, they would be a lot happier,” she said. “Let me tell you, I am a lot grumpier when I don’t eat.”
Entertainment Weekly listed Spencer in its list of 25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood in 2009.