‘Red Band Society’s’ Octavia Spencer Reveals How Samuel L. Jackson Taught Her to Cry On-Camera (Video)

The Oscar winner tells Seth Meyers about how she got emotional on set of new Fox series

The crying will come from more than just the audience on Wednesday’s debut of “Red Band Society.” According to the show’s star, Octavia Spencer, she’s had to do her fair share of on-camera crying for the new Fox series.

She explained to Seth Meyers how she learned to cry on cue from something Samuel L. Jackson once told her.

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“I was doing this movie with Sam Jackson,” Spencer said. “And right before, you’re in that emotional moment and you’re ready and someone comes in, like your makeup artist and you’re just trying to squeeze that tear out. And you just feel so bad by the end of the night. I asked Sam Jackson, ‘Have you ever had that happen to you?’ And he said, ‘Nope!'”

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Meyers joked, “If he said that to me, I would have started crying right away.”

Spencer also touched on the halting of a “Murder, She Wrote” reboot that she was set to star in. NBC dropped the idea after the project was met with criticism by the show’s original star, Angela Lansbury.

Losing that job doesn’t seem to be bothering Spencer, however.

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She said, “When it fell through, I started thinking about it. You know, she’s only not in the show for the murder part. She would work every single solitary day. That’s like 18 hours a day!”

Watch the clip of Spencer on Meyers’ show below.

“Red Band Society” premieres at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday on Fox.