Octavia Spencer - Octavia Spencer Streaked When Barack Obama Was Elected As U.s. President
Actress Octavia Spencer ran half-naked down her street when Barack Obama was elected as U.S. President, after losing a bet with filmmaker Tate Taylor.
The star was so convinced her fellow Americans would not vote a black man into the White House in 2008 that she vowed to strip off and streak if she lost the wager with her The Help director Taylor.
Spencer kept her word when Obama emerged victorious - but admits she wasn't completely naked when she stepped up to the challenge.
She tells Britain's Sunday Mail, "I made a bet with him (Taylor) that if Obama was elected, I would run down the street naked. So I had to do it - and all the neighbours came out and saw. It was hilarious.
"OK, I was not completely naked but I was in my underwear, which was almost the same thing, when I ran screaming down the street.
"I just didn't think the country was ready for it (a black president) but I'm proud of the fact that we crossed that hurdle. It changed the game for what young men and women of colour can dream of now. That in itself is something I cherish."
But Spencer refused to divulge the story to President Obama and his wife Michelle when she met them during a special screening of The Help recently. She says, "I've saved that for another time."