Octavia Spencer fell victim to Taraji P. Henson’s April Fools’ prank.
The 50-year-old actress has revealed her “heart dropped” on Thursday (01.04.21) when she received a text message from her friend and fellow actress Taraji asking her if she had “meant to post nudes” on her Instagram Story, before realising it was a prank.
Octavia posted a screenshot of her text message conversation with Taraji, where the ‘Night School’ star had sent a message which read: “Did you mean to post nudes on your story?”
Taraji then left several spaces in her message before adding: “April Fools! Just kidding, in case your heart dropped!”
And Octavia responded: “Girl my heart dropped
In the caption, the ‘Self Made’ star admitted she “nearly fainted” when she received the text.
She wrote: “ust got this from @tarajiphenson and nearly fainted. Omg #ShesSoDayumFunny #ScaredTheHellOuttaMe (sic)”
Meanwhile, Octavia recently revealed she “cried” when Keanu Reeves wished her a happy birthday when she turned 50 in May last year.
The actress’ birthday plans were scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic, but instead she received special, star-studded tribute videos from close friends and past co-stars, including one message from Keanu Reeves which moved her to tears because she was so “surprised”.
She said: “Chris Evans is a dear friend. Katy Perry is a dear friend. Then Keanu Reeves, you know like, surprised me. Of course I started crying like a baby, like, ‘Keanu!’ It was so fabulous. He’s somebody I like and my friends know that and it was like the sweetest thing.”
The ‘Hidden Figures’ star previously revealed Keanu was one of the first people she met when she moved from Alabama to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
She said in 2014: “I had an audition and my car broke down and no one would help me because my car was so dirty until Keanu Reeves. He was on a motorcycle and had his little motorcycle helmet and sunglasses and was like, ‘Hey, you need some help?’ And I kid you not, I was gonna have him get in and I was gonna push it and he was like, ‘No no I’m gonna push you.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Oh he’s gonna touch my car!’ ”
And because the ‘John Wick’ star was so helpful, Octavia now goes to all of Keanu’s movies “every opening weekend because that was a sweet thing to do.”