Octavia Spencer Schools 'The Great Gilly Hopkins' in New Clip (Exclusive Video)

"If you're attempting to succeed at 100 percent failure, your attempts are flawed," she explains in the adaptation of Katherine Paterson's YA novel.

Sophie Nelisse plays the titular foster kid in The Great Gilly Hopkins, the film adaptation of Katherine Paterson's 1978 Newbery Honor-winning young adult novel.

But in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive clip from the upcoming film, it's Gilly's teacher, played by Octavia Spencer, who is great.

"If you're attempting to succeed at 100 percent failure, your attempts are flawed," she explains while returning a graded test, leaving Gilly fuming.

"Every single take she did, she had a different version of it, and she could tell herself what was good and what wasn't, and if she had to redo a take, she knew exactly what she had to change," Nelisse told THR of working with Spencer. "But what makes her special and fun to work with is that she's super funny and takes her time to learn about her co-workers. She's so talented ... I was able to learn a lot just by watching her."

Directed by Stephen Herek, The Great Gilly Hopkins centers on the feisty teenage heroine as she begrudgingly moves into the home of Maime Trotter (Kathy Bates) and concocts a plan to lure her birth mother to her rescue.

The family dramedy also features Julia Stiles, Bill Cobbs, Billy Magnussen and Glenn Close, with a screenplay by David Paterson.

Lionsgate Premiere will release The Great Gilly Hopkins in theaters and on demand Oct. 7.

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