Academy Award nominated actress Viola Davis rocks her natural hair in the latest issue of L.A. Times Magazine. The multi-talented award winning actress speaks on her humble beginnings, how she finally got noticed after YEARS in the business and what she is doing to bring about change for minority actresses. Check out some snippets below..
ON PEOPLE TAKING NOTICE OF HER TALENT:
“You can be in the business for 23 years, which I have been, and suddenly something happens that wakes people up. For me, that was being in a movie with Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman,” Davis says of Doubt. “It makes people realize you’re there. Otherwise you’re that black girl who had a guest or costar role in a TV show here or there.”
ON MAKING BETTER ROLES FOR BLACK WOMEN:
Her next target isn’t another lead role. It’s producing, a task she feels she must undertake if she and other black actresses are to get more fulfilling work. Young people need to be mentored to aspire to something fulfilling.
“I am doing this out of necessity,” she says. “If I am not the instrument of change, I can meander through this business and be the black woman who always has two or three scenes but with fabulous actors around me.” [ READ FULL ARTICLE HERE ]