Hidden Figures debuted earlier this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, which stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe tells the true story of a little known group of black women scientists and master mathematicians who helped NASA win the space race. Monáe plays Mary Jackson, an engineer who was was considered to be a trailblazer. Henson stars as Johnson, Spencer plays her supervisor, Dorothy Vaughan. The women worked in a segregated unit from the 1940’s to the 1960’s.
Henson and Spencer talked about the impact of the film and the contributions of Johnson, Jackson, and Vaughan with the Hollywood Reporter.
“What you see in this film, and I’m getting goosebumps just saying it,” said Henson, “is you see women come together and support each other, not cat…claw, fight, hate on each other for one role. But when you embrace each other and stick together — look what these women were able to accomplish. We will stick together, we will change the world, and until we get that, we’re going nowhere.” Watch below.