Melissa Molinaro auditioned for the role of Celia Foote before it went to Jessica Chastain.
Costars Emma Stone (Skeeter) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Hilly) have both played Gwen Stacy in a Spider-Man movie.
The book store in the film, Avent & Clark Booksellers, was named after Avent Clark, a production assistant on the film.
To gain weight for the role of Celia Foote, Jessica Chastain, a vegan, ate soy ice cream melted in the microwave.
Kathryn Stockett's book on which this film is based was rejected sixty times before it was eventually published.
Hilly's house is a real residential property and the featured cream couch was already part of it.
The painting above Celia's fireplace was found in the basement of a hospital, while the two armchairs from that scene were discovered in a second-hand store.
Allison Janney and Brian Kerwin are married in this film. In The West Wing, Janney's character dated a park ranger played by Kerwin.
Skeeter's bookshelf contains the following books: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. All three of these books are discussed multiple times in the original novel.
The director, Tate Taylor and the author of the book, Kathryn Stockett, were childhood friends in Jackson, Mississippi.
When Skeeter is writing at her desk, one of the books on her shelf is Richard Wright's novel "Native Son." Towards the beginning of the movie, Skeeter's naiveté is exhibited through her well-intended but potentially harmful acts of kindness towards and interactions with black people in her community. This is reminiscent of Mary Dalton's treatment towards Bigger Thomas in Wright's novel.
The character of Minny was based on Octavia Spencer, who also provided narration for the audiobook adaptation.
Viola Davis appeared in two movies that were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award in 2012. Davis starred in both this movie and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Jessica Chastain also appeared in two movies that were nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award in 2012. Chastain also starred in both this movie and The Tree of Life.
in a few early scenes a 1964 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight convertible can be seen in the background, but the first act is actually set in 1963.