After Octavia Spencer won her Oscar, she was approached to endorse a weight loss product called Sensa. Only because Octavia Spencer is Octavia Spencer, she promoted the product as ethically as possible, making her compensation from Sensa publicly known. That honesty was apparently too much for Sensa: according to a suit filed by Spencer, the company owes her $700,000 of her $1.25 million contract.
Court documents obtained by the Hollywood Reporter indicate that after winning Best Supporting Actress for The Help in 2011, Spencer was asked by Sensa to try their weight loss product, a powder that is sprinkled on food that's also been endorsed by the Millionaire Matchmaker. Sensa allegedly prompts you to eat less; the taste and smell of the ingredients — a combination of maltodextrin, tricalcium phosphate, silica and other flavors — is supposed to make you feel full. The makers of Sensa claim that you can lose up to 30 pounds in six months just from using their product, though no peer-reviewed journals have proven that it's actually that effective. Skeptics say that it could provide moderate weight loss, but that any weight loss that extreme is probably due to other factors, like eating healthier or working out more.