She won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the strong-willed maid, Minny, in The Help. As a television actor, she appeared in Wizards of Waverly Place, ER, and Grounded for Life.
She made a guest appearance on the Emmy Award-winning show The Big Bang Theory.
She was in the film Never Been Kissed, which starred Drew Barrymore.
She worked as an intern on Whoopi Goldberg's film, The Long Walk Home.
She was raised with six siblings and she received a Bachelor's degree from Auburn University in Liberal Arts. She has expressed her decision not to have children. At the 2015 SAG Awards, her date was her good friend and fellow actor Josh Hopkins.
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