Based on the best selling novel of the same name, written by Kathryn Stockett, ‘The Help’ is a box office hit that nearly did not make it as a film, after a number of studio rejections.
Then Dreamworks came to rescue and the film is now Oscar bound.
Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan is a young university graduate attempting to start a career as a journalist. She decides to write a book about the lives of housekeepers keeping the homes of Jackson, Mississippi tidy and raising white children.
Talking about the feel of the story, Emma Stone who plays Skeeter quips: “Human”.
Viola Davis who plays Aibeleen continues: “Yeah, human. Absolutely, human story. Universal human story, a historical story.”
Stone picked up: “A story of hope and bravery and humour and friendship and overcoming and becoming. And courage.”
Actress Viola Davis is a possible Oscar contender for her portrayl of loyal housekeeper Aibeleen. She mused about her character: “I have a lot of Aibeleen in me I think. I think quiet dignity is how she’s described a lot.”
But does Stone have anything in common with her character?
She answers: “I think I have a fair amount in common with Skeeter. I wish I had that level of… well, maybe I don’t because I think that she begins in a very idealistic way, she’s kind of unrealistic in the beginning and the fact that it ends up working out. No, well, you know what, I do have that because I am idealistic.”
‘The Help’ is being released in European cinemas now.