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"The Help" Movie Cast

Updated on April 19, 2011

Who's Going To Play Skeeter, Abileen and Minnie in the 'The Help' Movie?

I've been seeing all these women in my mind's eye, and finally it's time to see who will play Kathryn Stockett's delightful characters from "The Help"!

DreamWorks Studios began shooting "The Help" in July, 2010, mostly in Greenwood, Miss., a rural city of 18,000, located in Mississippi's Delta region. Additional scenes will also be filmed in Clarksdale, Greenville, Canton and Jackson, MS.

The book is actually set in Jackson, Miss., but according to the Associated Press, Greenwood appealed to the movie's producers in part because of its reputation for "blues music and cotton fields" and in part because the small city has "a lot of similar aspects of Jackson in the 1960s." A few of the movie's scenes also will shot in Jackson and other cities in north Mississippi.

The Help - Theatrical Trailer

Eugenia âSkeeterâ Phelan will be played by Emma Stone
Eugenia âSkeeterâ Phelan will be played by Emma Stone

Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan

Will be played by Emma Stone

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger.

Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

"Oh, it was delicious to have someone to keep secrets with...It was having someone look at you after your mother has nearly fretted herself to death because you are freakishly tall and frizzy and odd. Someone whose eyes simply said, without words, "You are fine with me."

* * *

"The first time I was ever called ugly, I was thirteen. It was a rich friend of my brother Carlton's over to shoot guns in the field.

'Why you crying, girl?' Constantine asked me in the kitchen.

I told her what the boy had called me, tears streaming down my face.

'Well? Is you?'

I blinked, paused my crying. 'Is I what?'

'Now you look a here, Egenia'-because constantien was the only one who'd occasionally follow Mama's rule. 'Ugly live up on the inside. Ugly be a hurtful, mean person. Is you one a them peoples?'

'I don't know. I don't think so,' I sobbed.

Constantine sat down next to me, at the kitchen table. I heard the cracking of her swollen joints. She pressed her thumb hard in the palm of my hand, something we both knew meant Listen. Listen to me.

'Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision.' Constantine was so close, I could see the blackness of her gums. 'You gone have to ask yourself, Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?'

She kept her thumb pressed hard in my hand. I nodded that I understood. I was just smart enough to realize she meant white people. And even though I still felt miserable, and knew that I was, most likely, ugly, it was the first time she ever talked to me like I was something besides my mother's white child. All my life I'd been told what to believe about politics, coloreds, being a girl. But with Constantine's thumb pressed in my hand, I realized I actually had a choice in what I could believe."

Aibileen will be played by Viola Davis
Aibileen will be played by Viola Davis

Aibileen

Will be played by Viola Davis

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

"My jaw so tight I could break my teeth off. I feel that bitter seed growing inside a me, the one planted after Treelore died. I want to yell so loud that Baby Girl can hear me that dirty ain't a color, disease ain't the Negro side a town. I want to stop that moment from coming - and it come in ever white child's life - when they start to think that colored folks ain't as good as whites."

* * *

"Her nose wrinkle up cause now she got to remember to say she Mae Mobley Three, when her whole life she can remember, she been telling people she Mae Mobley Two. When you little, you only get asked two questions, what's your name and how old you is, so you better get em right."

* * *

"I come home that morning, after I been fired, and stood outside my house with my new work shoes on. The shoes my mama paid a month's worth a light bill for. I guess that's when I understood what shame was and the color of it too. Shame ain't black, like dirt, like I always thought it was. Shame be the color of a new white uniform your mother ironed all night to pay for, white without a smudge or a speck a work-dirt on it."

Minnie will be played by Octavia Spencer
Minnie will be played by Octavia Spencer

Minnie Jackson

Will be played by Octavia Spencer

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

"The day after is change-the-damn-sheets day and the day I hate the most. Sheets are just too personal a thing for folks who aren't kin to be fooling with. They are full of hair and scabs and snot and the signs of jelly-rolling. But it's the blood stains that are the worst. Scrubbing those out with my bare hands, I gag over the sink."

* * *

"Rule Number One for working for a white lady, Minny: it is nobody's business. You keep your nose out of your White Lady's problems, you don't go crying to her with yours - you can't pay the light bill? Your feet are too sore? Remember one thing: white people are not your friends."

* * *

"She's got so many azalea bushes, her yard's going to look like Gone With the Wind come spring. I don't like azaleas and I sure didn't like that movie, the way they made slavery look like a big happy tea party. If I'd played Mammy, I'd of told Scarlett to stick those green draperies up her white little pooper. Maker her own damn man-catching dress."

Hilly will be played by Bryce Dallas Howard
Hilly will be played by Bryce Dallas Howard

Hilly Holbrook

Will be played by Bryce Dallas Howard

"Miss Hilly talk slow, like she spreading icing on a cake. 'You just tell Raleigh every penny he spends on that bathroom he'll get back when y'all sell this house.' She nod like she agreeing with herself. 'All these houses they're building without maid's quarters? It's just plain dangerous. Everybody knows they carry different kinds of diseases than we do.' "

Skeeterâs mother, Charlotte Phelan, will be played by Allison Janney
Skeeterâs mother, Charlotte Phelan, will be played by Allison Janney

Skeeter's mother, Charlotte Phelan

Will be played by Allison Janney

"Mrs. Charlotte Phelan's Guide to Husband-Hunting, Rule Number One: a pretty, petite girl should accentuate with makeup and good posture. A tall plain one, with a trust fund."

* * *

"I give in and light another cigarette even though last night the surgeon general came on the television set and shook his finger at everybody, trying to convince us that smoking will kill us. But Mother once told me tongue kissing would turn me blind and I'm starting to think it's all just a big plot between the surgeon general and Mother to make sure no one ever has any fun."

Skeeter's father, Robert Phelan will be played by Brian Kerwin
Skeeter's father, Robert Phelan will be played by Brian Kerwin

Skeeter's father, Robert Phelan

Will be played by Brian Kerwin

Johnny Foote will be played by Mike Vogel
Johnny Foote will be played by Mike Vogel

Johnny Foote, Minnie's boss

Will be played by Mike Vogel

Celia Foote will be played by Jessica Chastain
Celia Foote will be played by Jessica Chastain

Celia Foote, Minnie's boss

Will be played by Jessica Chastain

The Original Book Cover
The Original Book Cover

The Plot

Here's the synopsis of "The Help"

Here's the official synopsis given on Kathryn Stockett's website:

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women--mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends--view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

Filming The Help - In Jackson, Mississippi 2010

Read the book before the movie comes out - See if you agree with the casting!

Missus Walters will be played by Sissy Spacek
Missus Walters will be played by Sissy Spacek

Hilly's mother, Missus Walters

Will be played by Sissy Spacek

Stuart Whitworth will be played by Chris Lowell
Stuart Whitworth will be played by Chris Lowell

Stuart Whitworth, Skeeter's boyfriend

Will be played by Chris Lowell

An interview with the author

Elizabeth Leefolt will be played by Ahna O'Reilly
Elizabeth Leefolt will be played by Ahna O'Reilly

Elizabeth Leefolt, Aibileen's boss

Will be played by Ahna O'Reilly

Kathryn Stockett signing her book "The Help"
Kathryn Stockett signing her book "The Help"

Meet Kathryn Stockett in person

Book signing schedule

Thursday, November 4 - 7:30pm

Talk and signing at Evansville’s One Book One Community program

The Victory Theatre

600 Main Street

Evansville, IN 47708

Click here to view Kathyrn Stockett's website

Filming in Mississippi

Butterfly Yoga in Jackson, MS was turned into an old fashioned Shell station
Butterfly Yoga in Jackson, MS was turned into an old fashioned Shell station

Butterfly Yoga in Jackson, MS was turned into an old fashioned Shell station

1950s cars

To reflect the time period of the story, Mississippi Classic Cruisers
To reflect the time period of the story, Mississippi Classic Cruisers

To reflect the time period of the story, Mississippi Classic Cruisers brought many antique cars that were popular during the time period.

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      nightbear lm 4 years ago

      I loved this book, read it twice so I could get the dialect down correctly. Then the movie just gave it a whole new fullness. I am crazy about them both.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      the book is great, have not seen the movie yet.

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      ThaWorkzMedia 5 years ago

      This is on my list for movies I need to see. People have been bugging me about seeing it cause they want to talk about it and itching to tell me lol.

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      PreorderMoviesTV 6 years ago

      All in all, an amazing cast