Octavia Spencer was so thrilled Keanu Reeves was in her happy birthday video

Octavia Spencer was on Jimmy Kimmel to promote the remake of The Witches on HBO, which just premiered. It’s directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis (Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump) and is based on a novel by Roald Dahl. It co-stars Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci. Octavia plays the grandmother to a little boy hunted by witches who eat little children. I watched the first half hour and found it cute and entertaining. Octavia is excellent, Anne and Stanley play weird characters so I’m not sure about them yet, but the real star is her on screen grandson, played by Jahzir Bruno.

I know she doesn’t get a lot of comments but I love covering Octavia’s interviews as she’s funny and matter-of-fact. Octavia turned 50 earlier in lockdown and she told Kimmel she was disappointed to have to cancel a trip she paid for to Hawaii for her friends. (She’s said in the past she’s practical with money and yet she splurged on this and didn’t get a refund!) Instead they recorded a video for her with other celebrities, some of whom she knows and some she just admires. The one she was most excited about was Keanu! Here’s more of what she said, and you can see her interview below.

On her corded headphones
I think I would lose the little ones that aren’t attached to anything. This way I always know where they are.

On the second debate
It was better than the last one but we also now have a very low standard.

On the safety measures on set
I appreciate it so much because I feel like our industry really is taking this seriously toprotect everybody on set. It’s crazy that the film industry is more secure than The White House

She was going to take her friends to Hawaii for her birthday
None of that happened and I didn’t get any of the airline tickets money back. I ate the airline tickets for 10 people. The big five oh and I ate five oh.

Her friends made her a happy birthday video instead
It was not the birthday that I had wanted but my friends put together this surprise for me. They got a lot of people that I worked with and that I liked to do a special video for me. Chris Evans, Katie Perry, [both] friends, and then Keanu Reeves. Of course I started crying like a baby ‘Keanu!’ He’s somebody I liked and my friends know that.

[From Jimmy Kimmel Live on Youtube]

The rest of the interview is well worth watching. She told this really cute story about sneaking in to Senator Ted Kennedy’s office when she was a teenager touring Congress as part of a youth group. She also talked about her love of Marvel movies, particularly Captain America, and how bummed she was to have to miss the Endgame premiere inApril, 2019 when she was in London filming. That’s a perk you don’t hear about often from celebrities – getting to go to other friend’s premieres!

As for her birthday video, she didn’t tell this story on Kimmel but Keanu stopped to help Octavia, years ago before she was famous, when her car broke down in LA! He stopped, on his motorcycle, and pushed her car for her. Ever since she’s gone to his movies opening weekend to support him. I love that story! Also, it means a lot that Octavia’s friends organized this birthday video for her and that they chose to let her decide whether to share it, at least that’s how I imagine it happened. She was like “no, I’ll keep this to myself and just talk about it.” Plus I forgot to mention that Octavia admitted earlier this year that she’s been shaving two years off her real birth date! I think her thought process went something like this: “I’m 50 now! F’ck it.”

When lockdown is over we need an Octavia and Keanu photoshoot. Better than that they should be in a movie together!


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  1. grabbyhands says:

    I really wanted the Witches remake to be better than it was, but it was disappointing. So I went back and watched the OG version instead.

    I love that she still stans for Keanu and that he was in her birthday video!

    • helonearth says:

      I love the original, so am unsure if I want to see the re-make.

      What didn’t you like about it?

  2. Astrid says:

    Great story! Brings a little joy to my morning

  3. ABritGuest says:

    Who wouldn’t want Keanu in their birthday video. Love that for her.

  4. Sarah says:

    This is a wonderful story and I’m so sorry she didn’t get to enjoy the trip with her friends. The video idea is great and of course Keanu is a delight.

  5. Snazzy says:

    I really like her. She seems so nice!
    I never saw the original movie so I’m sure I won’t mind the remake. I pretty much love Anne, Octavia and Stanley Tucci in everything they do.

  6. Onemoretime says:

    I love her, seems like a sweet person. I adore her & Evans friendship. Off to watch Gifted.

    • LightPurple says:

      Gifted is a nice film. They were in Snowpiercer together too.

      • Onemoretime says:

        Snowpiercer was such a good movie, that’s when I knew Evans would do well after Marvel.

    • Courtney B says:

      I do too. They’ve had some really cute interactions on Twitter. There was one about ranking snacks that Don Cheadle was involved in too. Of course the Cap movies would be her favorite. 🙂 Now I’m bummed she didn’t get to the Endgame premiere to see them interact.

    • Snazzy says:

      Gifted is such a nice film! They had such an easy chemistry in that movie, you could tell they liked each other

  7. SJ Knows says:

    I like her, will watch her in most of everything she makes.
    I no linger can watch tear jerker movies, I am always a few seconds from tears these days in my life.

    Love Keanu!

  8. Betsy says:

    I like her. I have nothing deeper to say, just that I like her.

  9. SM says:

    Keanu is the living evidence humanity has potential for greatness. But he can’t do it alone.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      I think I would die inside if someone said something awful about him in the way of how so many other stars have turned out to be awful. He just sounds like a decent human being. Sandra Bullock and Queen Latifah are the female equivalent to him in my opinion.

  10. LightPurple says:

    I adore Octavia and am glad that you do cover her, Celebitchy.

  11. JanetDR says:

    I adore her! And that Keanu pushing her car story is making my crush intensify!

  12. notasugarhere says:

    I’d be first in line for a Spencer-Reeves RomCom.

  13. Keira says:

    Great story!

  14. Greywacke says:

    Keep posting Octavia posts. They are a balm in a dark time.

  15. Kate says:

    I love that Keanu motorcycle assistance story! The witches remake was awesome in my opinion. I think Anne did a fantastic job. It makes me sick that there are people complaining because “having black people replacing white people doesn’t follow the classic story”. But.. you know.. “they’re not being racist”. Oh shove it.

  16. Gah says:

    Here for Octavia!

    She a great celeb

  17. PixiePaperdroll says:

    What is there to say about her other than I’m sure we could be best friends?