Actress Octavia Spencer isn’t on-screen in Green Book but because she was so drawn to the story she opted to become an executive producer.
Green Book gives us a look inside the road trip of Jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his driver/bodyguard Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) as they traveled through the deep south in the 1960s for Shirley’s tour.
Spencer, who was born in Alabama, called into the Tom Joyner Morning Show to discuss how she became involved in Green Book and how her southern roots had a lot to do with it.
Check out the full interview above.
Black Celebrities From the South
1. Pharrell Williams - Virginia1 of 19
2. Monica - Georgia2 of 19
3. Ludacris - Georgia3 of 19
4. Missy Elliott - Virginia4 of 19
5. Lionel Richie - Alabama5 of 19
6. Laverne Cox - Alabama6 of 19
7. Robin Roberts - Alabama7 of 19
8. Octavia Spencer - Alabama8 of 19
9. Nina Simone - North CarolinaSource:Associated Press 9 of 19
10. J. Cole - North Carolina10 of 19
11. Jermaine Dupri - GeorgiaSource:Associated Press 11 of 19
12. Juicy J - Tennessee12 of 19
13. Trina - Florida13 of 19
14. Scottie Pippen - Arkansas14 of 19
15. Joe Jackson - Arkansas15 of 19
16. Lil Wayne - Louisiana16 of 19
17. Master P - Louisiana17 of 19
18. Anthony Mackie - Louisiana18 of 19
19. Luke James - Louisiana19 of 19
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