Octavia Spencer on ‘Ma’: ‘These Types of Roles Haven’t Really Been Available to Women of Color’

  • Variety
Octavia Spencer on ‘Ma’: ‘These Types of Roles Haven’t Really Been Available to Women of Color’
Octavia Spencer is taking control.

While it sounds strange to presume that the career of an Oscar-winning actress and producer with over 125 credits is somehow outside of her control, Spencer is taking her sweet-as-pie image and burning it with “Ma.” Well, she’s actually getting it drunk, stalking it, sewing up its lips, and generally terrorizing it, but that’s beside the point.

In the horror thriller, Spencer plays a lonely veterinary aide named Sue Anne who starts partying with a group of high schoolers after they ask her to buy them booze. Sue Anne invites them over to her home, and Ma’s basement quickly becomes the hotspot for teens looking to drink. But as quickly as the fun begins, everything — including Ma — starts to unravel, and eventually the party is over, for everyone.

Spencer, at the film’s premiere in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night, highlighted the
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