Octavia Spencer isn’t playing around. Perhaps best known for her critically-acclaimed performances in The Help and Hidden Figures, Spencer has helped Hollywood push boundaries for years by portraying women of color throughout history who have been unsung heroes. And now, she’s making headlines once again — this time by giving back to kids in an underserved section of Mississippi.
In a viral post shared on Instagram January 31, the star announced that she’ll be buying out an entire movie theater in Mississippi so that local kids in need can see Disney-Marvel’s Black Panther for free.
“I will be in MS when this movie opens,” wrote Spencer in her post. “I think I will buy out a theatre in an underserved community there to ensure that all our brown children can see themselves as a superhero. I will let you know where and when Mississippi. Stay tuned.”
Amazingly, this isn’t the first time the actress has done this. When the film Hidden Figures was released, Spencer bought out a theater in Baldwin Hills, California for kids in need there, too.
“My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings. So, I’m honoring her and all single parents this #mlkweekend,” Spencer wrote at the time.
(Seriously, could we love her any more than we do right now?)
Clearly, Spencer is more than passionate about making sure young people of color are able to see themselves onscreen. And she’s been vocal about that mission for a while now.
“Little kids need to be able to turn on the TV and see real-world representations of themselves. It’s very important. You need that representation,” she told The Daily Beast.
And when it comes to representation, Spencer is definitely doing her part, having won an Oscar in 2012 for Best Supporting Actress in The Help, and then being nominated in the same category again for last year’s Hidden Figures and this year’s The Shape of Water.
Kudos to Spencer for her awesomeness — but more importantly, for continuing to give back to communities in need, and keeping the conversation going about diversity in film.
‘Black Panther’ opens in theaters nationwide February 16.