One day after being presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Octavia Spencer is opening up about her friendship with Will Ferrell.
The legendary comedian, actor and Spirited co-star was one of the handful of people by Spencer’s side for the monumental day that evoked tears of joy from the Academy Award-winning actress.
‘I can tell you that Will is definitely not an adult elf,’ The Help star joked, in a reference to his role as ‘Buddy the Elf’ in the hit Christmas comedy film Elf (2003), as a guest on People’s Every Day podcast.
And while he often plays the buffoon and idiot, who’s the butt of a joke in many of his films, Spencer went on to call Ferrell ‘one of the smartest people I’ve ever worked with.’
Mates: Octavia Spencer, 52, opened up about her friendship with Will Ferrell, 55, one day after he shut down a heckler who interrupted her Hollywood Walk Od Fame ceremony
Spencer’s comments come just a day after Will reportedly ‘shut down a heckler’ who interrupted her Walk Of Fame ceremony.
As Ferrell began speaking about Spencer’s new star, a man on the street started yelling loudly about how the event was ‘celebrating rich people.’
The Stranger Than Fiction star wasted little time trying to protect his friend’s special moment.
‘Not on Octavia’s day!, he shouted, before adding a touch of his brand of comedy, ‘Keep it moving. Keep it moving. The wax museum is down there. That thing is wide open.’
Emotional: Octavia Spencer was overcome with emotion when she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Thursday
Shedding tears of joy: The Help star dabbed away at her tears with a tissue while waiting to accept the special honor
Proud moment: The Alabama native has the distinction of being the first black actress to receive Oscar nominations in back-to-back years
Despite his efforts, the man persisted in trying to have his voice heard.
‘He’s got powerful lungs. He’s using his diaphragm,’ he joked, which got some laughs from the crowd. ‘Louder, please. They can’t hear you in Alhambra. Is that guy up next? Is he supposed to speak? Sweatpants weirdo, is he up here? Should I just go tackle him?’
As Ferrell was wrapping up his speech by praising his friend as ‘literally the best and no one is more deserving of this star,’ the Anchorman actor would again show off his ability to lighten the mood with his brand of comedy.
‘Is that guy up next? Is he supposed to speak? Sweatpants weirdo, is he up here?’ he said, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. ‘Should I just go tackle him?’
Actually, it was friend and The Help co-star Allison Janney who would be next to share a few words about Spence at the podium decked out in a black blazer over a striped dress.
Attendees also included the likes of Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon, Mekhi Pfifer and director Tate Taylor
Elegant: The Academy Award winner looked incredible for the occasion, wearing an elegant black peplum dress and cheetah sandal heels
Forever: Upon finding out about her nomination she told Variety: ‘How do you respond to that? To know that you will forever be a part of the mythology of this town. It was a rare moment’
‘Huge honor’: ‘It’s a place where you can actually see that bygone era of stars who are no longer with it. It’s just a rare and huge honor,’ she added
Spencer was overcome with emotion as she received her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Los Angeles on Thursday, as she was seen dabbing away at her tears with a tissue in the lead up to accepting the honor.
The Academy Award winner looked incredible for the occasion, wearing an elegant black peplum dress and cheetah sandal heels with a silver bracelet and dangling silver earrings.
The Montgomery, Alabama native entertainer wore her black tresses parted in the middle and cascading down in bouncy curls.
She has the distinction of being the first black actress to receive Oscar nominations in back-to-back years,
Davis, 57, looked lovely in a black leather jumpsuit, black coat, and matching heels, while her husband sported a gray blazer, trendy light wash jeans and black boots for the occasion.
Famous friends: The actress also had some famous friends supporting her on the special day, including former co-star Viola Davis, 57, and her husband Julius Tennon
Show of support: Spencer was also joined by her other co-star from The Help, Allison Janney, 63, as well as Ferrell
Hollywood pals: Ferrell and Janney mingled together at the star ceremony
Aubie the Tiger, the mascot of Spencer’s alma mater, Auburn University, also made an appearance at the ceremony.
The actress’ star is the 2,742nd one since the Walk of Fame was completed in 1961.
Upon finding out that she would be receiving the honor, Spencer revealed that she was speechless.
‘How do you respond to that? To know that you will forever be a part of the mythology of this town. It was a rare moment where I just couldn’t think of anything to say,’ she told Variety.
It’s a place where you can actually see that bygone era of stars who are no longer with it. And you can actually reach out and touch their star. It can make it feel attainable to people. It’s just a rare and huge honor,’ she added.
Just in time for Christmas, Spencer and Ferrell co-star in Spirited, Apple TV+’s musical comedy re-telling of A Christmas Carol, which premiered on November 18.
Friends and colleagues: Janney, who was one of the speakers, looked stylish in a black blazer over a striped dress
Hugs: The ladies were seen sharing a warm hug onstage
Dapper: Ferrell looked dapper in a gray suit, blue shirt and a red tie
Speech: The funnyman praised the actress, who appeared touched by his words
New movie: Spencer and Farrell co-star in Spirited, Apple TV+’s musical comedy re-telling of A Christmas Carol, which premiered on November 18
Her school mascot: Aubie the Tiger – the mascot of Spencer’s alma mater, Auburn University – also made an appearance at the ceremony