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Octavia Spencer gives career advice

Octavia Spencer hopes Quvenzhané Wallis will always “stay true to herself”.

Octavia took home the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in The Help last year and knows a thing or two about the showbiz industry.

Quvenzhané became the youngest ever star to be nominated in the best actress category for her turn in Beasts of the Southern Wild this year and Octavia imparted her wisdom upon the nine-year-old.

“I told Quvenzhané that no matter what anybody tries to tell you, or who they want you to be, always be yourself. I told her she has a long career ahead of her and she has to stay true to herself,” the 40-year-old explained to the New York Post.

The child star may have missed out on the best actress prize to Silver Linings Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence last night, but she still has plenty to celebrate.

Yesterday it was announced Quvenzhané would take the lead in a film version of Annie to be produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Jay-Z.

Octavia isn’t surprised the young girl has made it this far.

“I was blown away by her talent [in Beasts of the Southern Wild]. I felt like we are looking at the next young star, the next Harry Potter,” she gushed.

Quvenzhané certainly seemed to be enjoying her success on the Academy Awards red carpet last night.

She was snapped smiling broadly as she posed in blue Giorgio Armani prom dress with matching stole.

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