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'The Help' women talk film, civil rights and Hollywood

July 29, 2011 | 11:42 am

Gather actresses Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain in a room, and wait five minutes. You'll be destined to hear lots of laughs, some oohs and ahs, and likely some valuable insight. They are five strong, independent-minded actresses that clearly formed lasting relationships with one another while filming the adaptation of the best-selling novel "The Help" deep in Mississippi. Each one has a different perspective on her character, the movie, and what it's like being an actress today in Hollywood.

Directed by Tate Taylor, "The Help" bows on Aug. 10 and is a complex tale of white women and their relationships with the black maids who clean their houses and care for their children. Click here for our Sunday Calendar conversation with them, and here for exclusive online excerpts. 


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--Nicole Sperling

Photo: Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis in a scene from "The Help." Credit: Dale Robinette/Dreamworks