Kirsten Dunst heaps praise for Hidden Figures co-star Octavia Spencer

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 February 2017
Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst has heaped praise for her 'Hidden Figures' co-star Octavia Spencer

Kirsten Dunst "loved" working with Octavia Spencer on 'Hidden Figures'.

The 34-year-old actress - who plays bolshy supervisor Vivian Michael in the drama based on real events - was full of praise for her co-star and has revealed they live a few blocks away from one and other.

Despite not winning an Oscar at Sunday night's (26.02.17) ceremony, where the film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Octavia and Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Dunst said she is "so proud" of the cast and crew of the movie and that they celebrated anyway.

She told 'Entertainment Tonight': "I'm just so proud of the film and my fellow cast members, and the director [Theodore Melfi].

"It's a really fun group of people and I just loved working with Octavia. We live around the corner from each other, too!

"It's nice to celebrate with good people who are also talented."

Meanwhile, Octavia - who plays Dorothy Vaughan in the drama about three African-American women who were on the team that helped to launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit in the 1960s - previously revealed she thought 'Hidden Figures' was "historical fiction" when she received the script.

The 46-year-old actress had no idea that black women played a significant role in the space race, and was convinced she would have heard the story before if it was true.

She said: "I thought it was historical fiction like 'The Help'.

"You know, your agents always send you a little teaser blurb: 'You'll be meeting with Donna Gigliotti about her upcoming project about three black female mathematicians who helped get our astronauts into space.' And I thought: 'OK, well, that's historical fiction, because I would know that story.'"

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