Octavia Spencer, last night’s Best Supporting Actress winner, has more in common with Melissa Leo than Meryl Streep–she’s been a working actress trying simply to get more work, not accolades, since her first role in A Time to Kill in 1996. Some of her roles have included Nurse Jane in Chicago Hope, Nurse in Roswell, Nurse Octavia in The X-Files, Baby Nurse in What Planet Are You From?, Nurse in Just Shoot Me!, Nurse Bernice in City of Angels, Admitting Nurse in Grounded for Life, Check-In Girl in Spider-Man, Security Guard in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Big Customer in Beauty Shop, Flight Attendant in LAX, Kate (Home Health Care Nurse) in Seven Pounds, and Octavia in The Big Bang Theory.
Until last night, Ms. Spencer’s Wikipedia entry noted she was best known for her recurring role on Ugly Betty. Here she is talking about how she’ll seduce her crush and imitating Mariah Carey:
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