This year, Jessica became the fifth female cast member of The Help to win an Oscar after the film’s 2011 release. At the Oscars in 2022, the actress discussed the cast’s achievement behind closed doors, praising director Tate Taylor for his ability to spot talent at an early stage.
As she put it, “I definitely wasn’t the natural pick for Celia Foote.” “I didn’t resemble her at all. I sounded nothing like her. And he went to great lengths to get me to cast in that part, which shows his regard and respect for females.”
More than a decade after she was originally nominated, the Eyes of Tammy Faye actor was awarded her first Academy Award at the March 27th presentation. As a supporting actress in The Help opposite Octavia Spencer, she was nominated in the Best Actress category at the 2014 Oscars.
It’s been ten years since Jessica and her co-stars Allison Janney, Viola Davis, and Emma Stone won an Academy Award. To be here 10 years later with a film I acquired the rights to, that I kind of willed into existence is tremendously meaningful,” Jessica told the press after she bought Tammy Faye Bakker’s story.
Despite the fact that Tammy Faye, the televangelist who died in 2007, wasn’t here to watch Jessica triumph, the actress said that she is still in contact with her children. That “it righted an injustice [sic],” she said, “is really special to be a part of,” she said.
“When we’re still alive, it’s crucial to show our love for one another by giving each other flowers. And I believe Tammy Faye was a squandered chance. As a result, it means a lot to me.”
“For all of you out there who do feel hopeless or alone, I just want to know that you’re unconditionally loved for the uniqueness that is you,” Jessica said during her acceptance speech, recognizing the LGBTQ+ community and giving hope to those battling with mental illness.