Octavia Spencer's Kind Gesture Will Make Sure Everyone Has A Chance To Experience 'Hidden Figures'

"My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings."

Hidden Figures, the inspiring new film about Black female mathematicians at NASA in the 1960s, was No. 1 at the box office last weekend, ending Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's three-week reign. The film has obviously struck a chord with many Americans, but unfortunately, not everyone can afford to experience this powerful story for themselves.

Octavia Spencer, who stars in the film, wants to change that. The actress shared on Instagram Thursday that she bought out a Friday night showing of the film in Los Angeles to allow less-fortunate families to see it free of charge.

"Tomorrow I've bought the 8pm showing of #hiddenfigures [at the Rave Cinemas in Baldwin Hills]," she wrote in the post, along with beautiful artwork inspired by the film. "If you know a family in need that would like to see our movie but can't afford it have them come. It's first come first served."

Spencer's family was in a similar position when she was younger, and she explained that her kind gesture is a way of paying tribute to single parents like her mother over Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

"My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings. So, I'm honoring her and all single parents this #mlkweekend," she wrote. "Pass the word."

It may seem like just another movie night, but Spencer's generosity could have a big impact. Who knows, maybe the next great STEM heroine will be sitting in that theater thanks to her.

(H/T: ET Online)

Cover image: s_bukley / Shutterstock, Inc.

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