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Octavia Spencer Wore 3 Sets of Spanx to SAGs!

USMagazine, Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 6:31am (PST)

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

When The Help's Octavia Spencer took home the SAG Award for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role, she couldn't let loose at the after parties as much as she intended -- thanks to her triple-strength undergarments.

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Finding getting ready for the awards show "very stressful," the 39-year-old breakout star told Ellen DeGeneres in a Tuesday interview that she wore three pairs of Spanx shapewear under her Tadashi Shoji gown.

"I was not a Girl Scout but I try to be very prepared. I triple Spanx," she told DeGeneres, adding that she does so for every awards show. "It's wonderful because it gives you the illusion of an hourglass [figure] with the sand kind of spread out."

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At the awards show, Spencer found herself commiserating about her discomfort with none other than Bridesmaids pal Melissa McCarthy.

"I could not party that night because I was being pinched in places that I didn't know it was possible. I ran into Melissa [and] said, 'Oh my God, Melissa, I'm about to die. My Spanx are killing me.' She said, 'I just went to the bathroom and took mine off!'"

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Spencer will have plenty of time to plan her undergarments for the Oscars February 26, where she'll vie for a Best Supporting Actress trophy.

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