*Octavia Spencer is keeping it real about her real age as she celebrates her birthday.
The Oscar winner posted a video on her Instagram page on Monday, in which she says, “Hey Y’all, I’m sitting out here in the backyard. Drinking some sangria, eating some potato chips, listening to Ronnie Milsap. Celebrating my birthday.”
Cringing, the actress adds: “The big 5-0. Ugh. Yeah, I know I been saying I’m 48. But the internet will always win. Chuckles. People putting dates and numbers.”
Spencer continued, ” ‘I thought we went to school together! I’m 50, how are you 48?’ ” she mimicked the folks who have pressed her about her age. “‘Cause I wanna be! And then all that seems so trivial now. I’m grateful to be turning 50, especially right now, when we’ve lost so many.”
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Spencer posted a second video revealing she was surprised with a virtual birthday party.
“Sometimes you don’t know what you need ‘till you get it,” she said. “I want to thank all of you who were sending out well wishes. It’s a good thing I told y’all I was 50 ‘cause everyone was saying happy 50th! How did you know?”
Adding, “Man, when you’re quarantined and away from all your loved ones and then you get to see a a lot of people that you care about, it means the world. So thank you. Thank you,” she wrote.
As noted by MadameNoire, Spencer decided to reveal her true real age because she’s grateful to still be alive and healthy.
“All that seems so trivial now. I’m grateful to be turning 50, especially right now, when we’ve lost so many. We’ve lost so many. Remember this time last year? We talked about deferring your joy? Now, if you did not look for the joy between May 24th, this time last year until now…just let that sink in. But the good Lord has a way of making us prioritize things and I think that’s what this crazy pandemic is doing,” she said.
“Figure out what’s important to us, who. I know y’all are feeling a certain kind of way because I’m feeling a certain kind of way. But since it’s my birthday I’m not feeling the way I normally feel, where I need some laughter. I’m feeling very grateful,” Spencer added.
“And since it’s the day of remembrance, remembering our veterans, I’m grateful to them. I’m also grateful to those waging this new war, making it possible for me to be here, sitting at home. So um, Happy Birthday Gemini. You gotta look for the light. In these dark times you’ve got to look for the light.”
Check out her IG video above.