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Q&A With Octavia Spencer

'The Help' star dishes about health, weight, her new book, and the fabulous 40s.


What do you like most about being in your 40s?

There's a banner that women in their 40s wear, that they've been through all of the people-pleasing that they ever intended to do, all of the self-deprecating, self-effacing that we do to ourselves privately. But when you reach 40, what I've noticed is all of that falls away. You become fearless in what you want, in going after what you want.

What's the worst thing about being in your 40s?

I have been so career-oriented. I know advances have been made with women and having children, but there is a clock. It's the one drawback of knowing that your eggs have a shelf life. I know when I meet Mr. Right, if I'm meant to give birth to a child I will. If I'm not meant to give birth to a child then we will either adopt or we will have wonderful pets.

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Reviewed on August 12, 2013

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