A Minute With: Octavia Spencer on ‘The Help’ to her career

Actress Octavia Spencer seemingly came out of nowhere to steal this summer’s sleeper hit, “The Help,” about a group of African American maids in the early 1960s working in white households in Mississippi. The film, based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name, has grossed $199 million at worldwide, and Oscar buzz is circling Spencer for her role as Minny Jackson, an outspoken maid who gets fired and seeks a nasty sort of vengeance using her ability to cook.