2012 The Root 100

Actress Octavia Spencer has leveraged her recent Oscar win to promote her political beliefs.

  • Influence: 197.1
  • Reach: 14.5
  • Substance: 7.2
  • Media Mentions: 4955
  • Internet Mentions: 503000
  • Twitter Followers: 116234
  • Octavia Spencer

  • Oscar-winning actress and presidential-election campaigner.
  • Job: Actress and political campaigner
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @octaviaspencer
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Age: 42
  • Bio: Oscar winner Octavia Spencer makes our list for turning her newfound celebrity status into political action. Since winning a 2011 Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Minny Jackson in The Help, Spencer has campaigned for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, focusing especially on voter turnout. "To me, voting is more of a duty than a right," she recently explained to The Root. Spencer shows no signs of resting on her laurels in Hollywood, either, with Snowpiercer, a thriller set for release next year, and an untitled Diablo Cody project in the can. She recently joined the cast of the upcoming comedy Baggage Claim. Like her Facebook page and watch her videos.