The Help – “You is kind…. You is smart…. You is important,” this is the most memorable line from the movie The Help and one of the most memorable lines in a movie ever, I love these words from The Help. Did you ever dream of being something else? This is an important question in the movie The Help. Have you ever dreamed of being something else? Most of us have. This is a look at the houses from “The Help” depicting the 1960s, namely the Hilly Hillbrook House, Elizabeth Leefolt’s House, Skeeter Phelan’s House, Celia Foote’s House, along with talking about the movie.
The Help was nominated for Best Picture and was set in Jackson, Mississippi where some filming did take place, but mostly was filmed in Greenwood and Clarksdale, Mississippi. The Help is based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett and written for the screen and directed by Tate Taylor.
Eugenia (Skeeter) Phelan (played by Emma Stone) fresh out of college and full of spunk gets her first job as Ms. Myrna answering a cleaning advice column. Her mother just wants her to get married and can’t understand why she wants to have a career as a writer.
The Help – Hilly Holbrook House. You might remember the The Help movie scene where there are multiple toilets strewn across the lawn. It is The Johnson residence at 413 Grand Blvd. in Greenfield, Mississippi.
The baby blue bathroom with flowered wallpaper in Hilly Holbrook’s house and Hilly fits right in with her flowered dress. Hilly is played by Bryce Dallas Howard who is the daughter of beloved actor, Oscar-winning director, Ron Howard- I did not know that, did you? We all love to hate Hilly throughout the movie for her backstabbing, snottiness, manipulation, and blatant lying to name a few reasons why.
Not so many people sit at the table and read the newspaper at breakfast anymore, so love this scene for that. Hilly Holbrook in pin curls (ouch to sleep on) which women are happy to be free of today. Looking at the curvy cut of the wood cabinets with turquoise paint. There is a lot of 60s turquoise and pink in the Hilly Holbrook house.
The Help – Elizabeth Leefolt’s middle-class ranch house is in Greenwood, Mississippi. Great property with tall trees that we see more clearly at the end of the movie. This is the Perkins residence at 1101 Poplar Street.
Mae Mobley’s pink bedroom in the Leefolt house. We learn that Aibileen has looked after white babies for 17 years. She works from 8-6, 6 days a week for 95 cents an hour at $182.00 a month. So that ‘s $7.60 a day and $45.60 a week. She does the cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, and grocery shopping, but mostly she looks after Mae because her mother, Elizabeth Leefolt, reportedly has postpartum or is more interested in socializing, in my opinion.
The Help - Skeeter Phelan large southern house. A classic white-columned Antebellum Southern mansion. Love the old cars they show throughout the movie. The house is located at 7300 County Road 518 (MoneyRoad), but the interior was filmed at The Franklin residence at 613 River Road, Greenwood, Mississippi.
Skeeter’s mom sitting at her dressing table that has lovely curved mirrors and triple drawers on each side. Skeeter’s mom has cancer and is trying on different wigs. When I saw this in the movie I was thinking that they did not have wigs available back then, but maybe they did, so I looked it up. Wigs have been around since the Egyptian days, have always been in fashion, but just used in different ways such as when the 18th century men wore them powdered to have a distinctive look. Let’s never go back to that fashion look!
There is that large landing again with beautiful wood railing work, the armoire, and yet room for another couch. I am not liking the fish on the wall because I keep thinking of that talking fish they advertise on TV!
In Skeeter’s kitchen they show a box of “Breeze” (a laundry soap used back then) which in the early 60s gave a free face cloth or hand towel inside. You can go on eBay and buy a box of Breeze (made by Lever Brothers) with the free towel in it. I wish the laundry companies would go back to this because the price of laundry soap is sky-high and we need a little incentive to buy the pricier brands..namely, Tide.
The Help – Celia Foote house gives us a first frontal look as Minny Jackson comes for her interview and last hope of getting hired by someone, since her ” revenge pie” incident. This is a pre-Civil War luxurious inn converted to a private residence, per Mark Ricker, The Help film production designer. It’s located on Old Grenada Road, north of Carrollton in Carroll county.
Celia Foote (played by Jessica Chastain) is the nicest Southern Lady on the block. She is married to rich Johnny Foote who she wants to learn to cook for. She is not accepted into the social circle (Johnny is Hilly’s ex-boyfriend) and is not sure of herself because she is from a poor family.
Amazing authenticity. Today, retro kitchen refrigerators and ovens, and appliances are making a come back. Like Rachel Ray’s blue Big Chill refrigerator. The set designers found pieces for this room and many other The Help rooms at flea markets, antique malls, and attics in the south, per vignettedesign.
A full-sized stuffed bear to contend with in the Foote house. No wonder Celia needs to redecorate. The bear was found in a taxidermy shop in Wisconsin, per vignettedesign.blogspot. I am thinking of… how to dust the bear?
Just a wonderful street at the ending of The Help movie with mature trees up and down it and the ground cover growing along the street edge frames it magnificently. I assume this is Poplar Street of the Leefolt home.
“Nobody ever ask what it felt like to be me.” My boy always say there gonna be a writer in the family. I guess it gonna be me.” This is a heartfelt and significant line at the end of the movie said by wonderful Aibileen Clark as she leaves the Leefolt home for the last time.
As I leave you, I am unable to say which house from The Help is my favorite, as bits of each house touched me in different ways for different reasons. How did The Help movie and its houses touch you?
Some Hilly Holbrook House credit here
Credit to vignettedesign for some The Help house photos.
Credit about The Help to reel-scout.com for the house and filming facts.
Another movie house you might enjoy is Letters To Juliet