Russell Brand gives Octavia Spencer a squeeze

Hoping her luck will rub off on you Russell Brand gives Octavia Spencer a squeeze

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10:29 GMT, 10 March 2012

She's flavour of the month and everyone wants a piece of her.

And now it seems Russell Brand is hoping Octavia Spencer's luck will rub off on him.

The British comedian-turned-actor gave the petite Oscar-winner a hug on the set of their new film.

Give us a squeeze! Russell Brand hugs Octavia Spencer while filming scenes for Diablo Cody's new movie

Give us a squeeze! Russell Brand hugs Octavia Spencer while filming scenes for Diablo Cody's new movie

The two stars take centre stage in the new as-yet-untitled project from Juno director Diablo Cody.

Russell affectionately put an arm around petite Octavia, who began her career in 1996 with a debut role in A Time To Kill, before becoming a household name after Academy Award glory last month.

But The Help actress is not the first lady on set Russell has showered with affection.

New best friends: Russell and Octavia shared a joke on set during the late night shoot

New best friends: Russell and Octavia shared a joke on set during the late night shoot

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Russell

Little and large: Octavia looked rather petite next to her 6ft 1in co-star Russell

Flirtatious: Russell larks around with a make-up assistant, who looked rather like Michelle Ryan

Flirtatious: Russell larks around with a make-up assistant, who looked rather like Michelle Ryan

Earlier this week, the Essex boy was spied with his
arm wrapped over the shoulder of a young, attractive female co-star – his new onscreen girlfriend Julianne Hough.

Russell and Julianne, 23, were shooting scenes for the movie in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Cool couple: Russell Brand and Julianne Hough film scenes for their new movie in New Orleans, Louisiana, last night

Cool couple: Russell Brand and Julianne Hough film scenes for their new movie in New Orleans, Louisiana, last night

The 36-year-old has been cast as the male lead, playing the love interest of Hough.

The pair looked like a real couple as they emerged from a pharmacy together delicately touching as they went through their lines.

Brand was dressed a little more conservatively than he normally does and wore a pair of black trousers with a white shirt and a dark red leather jacket.

Him and her: Russell and Julianne made a cute couple as they pretended to be an item for the untitled movie

Him and her: Russell and Julianne made a cute couple as they pretended to be an item for the untitled movie

Him and her: Russell and Julianne made a cute couple as they pretended to be an item for the untitled movie

Ladies first: The Dancing With The Stars professional will be doing no singing or choreography for this film role

Ladies first: The Dancing With The Stars professional will be doing no singing or choreography for this film role

Julianne bared her legs in a short blue denim skirt with a white T-shirt and a pink cardigan.

The film is a comedy that follows a sheltered woman, played by Hough, who loses her faith after her father dies in a plane crash.

She moves to Las Vegas for a change of scene and takes up a whole new lifestyle by experiencing the wild side of life in the gambling city.

Under his wing: The two stars worked together recently on Rock of Ages, which is due to be released this summer

Under his wing: The two stars worked together recently on Rock of Ages, which is due to be released this summer

Having a laugh: Russell was all smiles as played around with props including a red ball and a pair of crutches

Having a laugh: Russell was all smiles as played around with props including a red ball and a pair of crutches

Naturally, she meets Brand's character who is the total opposite of her and he helps her to find her true self.

It didn't take long for the long haired lothario to start enjoying himself as he was seen larking around with props including a crutch and red ball.

The chemistry between the two leads is hugely evident, but, that maybe down to the fact that they recently worked together.

Lights, camera, action: Julianne gets some direction from Diablo Cody as she films with comedian Russell Brand

Lights, camera, action: Julianne gets some direction from Diablo Cody as she films with comedian Russell Brand

Hough and Brand both starred in Rock of Ages, which is out this summer, alongside Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin.

Julianne, who took part in Dancing With The Stars, spoke about the film at the Oscars last month.

She said: 'I'm really excited. It's nothing people have seen me do before.

'It's strictly acting, no singing or dancing.'

Hats off: Brand and a friend took a stroll around town, yesterday afternoon, in the sunshine

Hats off: Brand and a friend took a stroll around town, yesterday afternoon, in the sunshine

Brand, who is no stranger to comedy, should be a natural at his role as he is yet to star as a serious character.

Katy Perry's former husband has been enjoying his time in New Orleans and was spotted shopping.

Generous Russell even treated his friend to a new hat as the pair strolled around in the sunshine.

Hey big spender: Russell was seen buying his friend a hate as they shopped in New Orleans

Hey big spender: Russell was seen buying his friend a hate as they shopped in New Orleans