On my show ‘Community’, a new script supervisor saw me on set and pulled me aside. With tears in her eyes, she said, “You moved me in ‘The Help’. If I had endured what Minny had, I would have put pooh in that pie, too.” I didn’t have the heart to tell her that she had mistaken me for my buddy Octavia Spencer. So I said, “Thank you so much.” Later I texted Octavia that she was making White women cry on the Paramount lot. We had a good laugh.
If we just take it, if we don’t speak up, they’ll think everything is okay, and everything is not okay. I have so many friends that are other races who are ridiculously talented and they have not worked in years. So it’s not enough just for me to have a job. I want everybody to work, so we need more people of color on television.