There are conflicting reports about Octavia Spencer’s age online. Some outlets say her birthday is May 25, 1972, meanwhile, others report that it’s on May 25, 1970. But the Academy Award-winning actress decided to come clean on the big 50th.

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“Hey y’all!  I’m sitting out here in the backyard drinking some sangria, eating some potato chips, listening to Ronnie Milsap. Celebrating my birthday.  The big, 5-0.”

She continued with a pensive expression on her face and let out a sigh, “Uhh, yeah I know.  I’ve been saying I’m 48, but the internet will always win.”


Spencer laughed and added, “People putting dates and numbers, ‘I thought we went to school together.  I’m 50, how are you 48?’ Cause I wanna be. And then all that seems so trivial now.  I’m grateful to be turning 50, especially right now, when we’ve lost so many.  We’ve lost so many.  Remember this time last year, we talked about deferring your joy?  Now, if you did not look for the joy between May 24th this time last year until now, let that sink in.”

She ended off the revelation with some uplifting words to help her fans cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The good Lord has a way of making us prioritize things and I think that’s what this crazy pandemic is doing.  Figure out what’s important to us.  Who.  I know y’all are feeling a certain kinda way, ’cause I’m feeling a certain kinda way.  But since it’s my birthday I’m not feeling the way I normally feel, where I need some laughter.”