Octavia Spencer in the Spotlight

The Oscar-nominated actress discusses her role in “Hidden Figures,” diversity at the Academy Awards and why she’s been cast as a nurse 16 times

 she wanted to play the part of an African-American protester who gives the signal for a riot to start against Ku Klux Klan members. “Joel told me that my face was too sweet for that role,” she says. Instead, he cast her as a nurse.
.. The role stuck. She has since played a nurse 15 more times