She didn’t know he’d be there.
As part of the Hidden Figures in Space Exploration summit, the cast of the critically-acclaimed film, “Hidden Figures” were invited to discuss education excellence at the White House. The film’s director Ted Melfi and stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Kevin Costner joined First Lady Michelle Obama for a private screening and post-film discussion. But when an unscheduled guest, President Barack Obama, stopped by to say hello, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer couldn’t hold it together.
The White House’s Instagram caption said it all:
That face when the President drops by for a visit. Today, the cast of Hidden Figures visited the White House to highlight the stories of Americans who defied stereotypes and broke glass ceilings to advance human space flight, science, and innovation.
Spencer later shared the photo on her Instagram page saying: “Our screening was with [First Lady Michelle Obama] but [Barack] surprised us. Humbling because he has a million things to do but stopped by to say hello!!!!” Spencer’s new film, “Hidden Figures,” is the story of three brilliant African-American women (Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe) who worked behind the scenes on the program that made John Glenn the first American to orbit the Earth.