5 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Help'

May 28, 2012 By:
5 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Help'

The Help” is the little film that could. I don’t think anyone expected "The Help" to sweep the awards ceremony this year like it did, but this moving tale of maids in the deep south and one precocious writer bound to tell their story, has found a place in our hearts.

"The Help" is now nominated for Best Movie at the MTV Movie Awards this year. And, Bryce Dallas Howard is nominated for Best On-Screen Dirt Bag for her scathing turn as Hilly Holbrook.

1) When writer/director Tate Taylor was writing the script, he was running out of money and on the verge of going homeless, so he asked one of the films stars Allison Janney for a cash loan. When the film finally got made, he paid her back in twenty dollar bills, or as Tate Taylor tells Hollyscoop, “I put cash in a shoebox, went to her house, wrapped it up and gave it to her and said, ‘Have an ATM free summer.’”

2) Before “The Help” was made, Tate Taylor and the film’s star Octavia Spencer were roommates. Neither of them were well-known yet and had to bunk up to save money. “For four years while I was adapting the novel, she lived with me and we packed up at the same time to go to Mississippi to make the movie,” Taylor tells HS.

3) “The Help” is based on the book of the same name and in the film it depicts how revolutionary this novel was back in the 1960's. The actual book by Kathryn Stockett was rejected 60 times before it was finally published. The book wasn’t even published until 2009.

4) The books author Kathryn Stockett, the films director Tate Taylor and the films star Octavia Spencer are all childhood friends. When Kathryn was writing the novel, she says the character Minny is actually inspired by Octavia and Octavia read the part in the audiobooks long before the film was made.

5) The flicks stars Emma Stone will receive her own special award at the MTV Movie Awards next month. Apart from her role in the “The Help”, the actress will take home the first ever Trailblazer Award.