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February 23, 2018
Feb 23, 2018   Ali   Leave a Comment Eat, Pray, Love, Images

In 2008, Viola co-starred with Julia Roberts in the film Eat, Pray, Love. I have added captures from the film to our gallery.

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Viola Davis Online > 2010 | Eat Pray Love > Captures | The Film

February 23, 2018
Feb 23, 2018   Ali   Leave a Comment Troupe Zero

Variety shares that Viola has been cast in the film Troupe Zero.

Viola Davis is attached to star in Amazon Studios film “Troupe Zero,” sources tell Variety.

Duo Bert & Bertie are also attached to direct “Troupe Zero” for Amazon from a script by Lucy Alibar, with Todd Black producing. The duo has credits in film, animation, documentaries, video games, and commercials and is repped by Verve and Hirsch Wallerstein.

Plot details are being kept under wraps. Amazon Studios is also financing the pic. It hasn’t yet been decided when the film will shoot, given Davis’ busy schedule.

Davis has scored success in both TV and film in recent years, winning an Emmy and SAG Award for her starring role in ABC’s hit “How to Get Away With Murder,” and nabbing an Oscar in 2016 for “Fences.”

Davis has also become a heavy-hitter behind the scenes with her production company JuVee Productions, which she co-created with her husband, Julius Tennon. The company is currently developing a handful of films, including a movie adaptation of Rachel Lloyd’s critically acclaimed novel “Girl’s Like Us.”

Along with “How to Get Away With Murder,” which returns after the Olympics with its highly anticipated crossover with “Scandal,” Davis can be seen next in the Steve McQueen thriller “Widows.” The movie is McQueen’s first since “12 Years a Slave” and also stars Cynthia Erivo and Elizabeth Debicki.

She is repped by CAA and the Lasher Group.

February 18, 2018
Feb 18, 2018   Ali   Leave a Comment Articles, Interviews

Women in the World released this article about Viola’s interview with Tina Brown.

The award-winning actress talked with Tina Brown at the 2018 Women in the World Los Angeles Salon

‘If you’re dedicated to change, let it cost you something.’
‘Poverty seeps into your mind, it seeps into your spirit.’
‘People say, “You’re a black Meryl Streep … We love you. There is no one like you.” But what I get is the third girl from the left.’
‘I’m not hustling for my worth. I’m worthy. When I came out of my mom’s womb I came in worthy.’
‘We have been riding the caboose of the train and it’s time enough for that.’

Actress Viola Davis drew gasps and applause from the audience during an electrifying interview in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. In a powerful conversation with Women in the World CEO Tina Brown–that ranged from Davis’ traumatic childhood to her experiences in Hollywood as a woman of color–the actress did not pull any punches about how vulnerable her rise to success has been. Even now, with a 30-year-career behind her, including Emmy, Tony and Academy awards, she shared that she still finds herself “hustling” for pay parity and substantial roles.

“I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver. They all came out of Yale, they came out of Juilliard, they came out of NYU. They had the same path as me, and yet I am nowhere near them. Not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, no where close to it,” the 52-year-old actress observed, in a vigorous takedown of the inequities experienced by women of color in Hollywood.

“People say, ‘You’re a black Meryl Streep … We love you. There is no one like you,” she said, eliciting an audible gasp from the more-than-200 salon attendees at Neuehouse Hollywood. “OK, then if there’s no one like me, you think I’m that, you pay me what I’m worth.”

And that needs to extend to offers of substantial roles, too, she argued, “As an artist I want to build the most complicated human being but what I get is the third girl from the left.” When Brown asked her about making the most of her limited screen time in the film 2008 film Doubt, for which she earned a best supporting actress nomination, Davis said her days of hustling to prove herself are over.

“It’s gotten to the point [where] I’m no longer doing that. I’m not hustling for my worth. I’m worthy. When I came out of my mom’s womb, I came in worthy,” Davis said. “You’ll have a Shailene Woodley, who’s fabulous. And she may have had 37 magazine covers in one year. 37! And then you’ll have someone — a young actress of color who’s on her same level of talent and everything. And she may get four. And there is sense in our culture that you have to be happy with that,” Davis mused.

“I always mention what Shonda Rhimes said when she got the Norman Lear Award at the Producers Guild Awards about two or three years ago,” she continued. “She held it up and she said, ‘I accept this award because I believe I deserve it. Because when I walk in the room I ask for what I want and I expect to get it. And that’s why I believe I deserve this award. Because Norman Lear was a pioneer, and so am I.’ And that’s revolutionary as a woman, but it’s doubly revolutionary as a woman of color. ‘Cause we have been riding the caboose of the train — we really have. And it’s time enough for that.”

Davis did not always feel that way, though, describing the trauma she carried with her from her childhood, that haunted her even after finding early success. “The getting out is precarious,” she explained of “crashing and burning” at 28. “Emotionally I did not get out.”

Davis was raised in abject poverty in Rhode Island, by an alcoholic father who she witnessed abusing her mother. “I was a rung lower than poor,” she said, describing her rat-infested childhood home, going to school hungry, smelling, and covered with shame. “People see poverty as just a financial state,” she said. “Poverty seeps into your mind, it seeps into your spirit, because it has side effects.”

That experience of feeling “invisible” and traumatized is at the core of her commitment to speaking out for those who can’t speak for themselves, she said, including an emotional address to the January 20 Women’s March in L.A, where Davis spoke on behalf of “the women who don’t have the money and don’t have the constitution and who don’t have the confidence and who don’t have the images in our media that gives them a sense of self-worth enough to break their silence that is rooted in the shame of assault and rooted in the stigma of assault.”

“It cost me a lot to be on that stage and share my personal story,” she told Brown. “The way life works is its got to cost you something. That’s when you know you really made the sacrifices.

“If you’re dedicated to change, let it cost you something.”

February 18, 2018
Feb 18, 2018   Ali   Leave a Comment Interviews, Videos

Viola was interviewed by Tina Brown for the Women in the World Los Angeles Salon show. Viola talks about her upbringing and being compared to Meryl Streep.

Tina Brown hosted an inspiring group of women for a night of engaging conversation live from Neuehouse Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard. Closing the show was award-winning actress Viola Davis who discussed her humble upbringing and and working in Hollywood as a woman of color.

February 16, 2018
Feb 16, 2018   Ali   Leave a Comment Events

Thanks to the Academy we will see Viola as a presenter at this year’s Academy Awards!

Meet our first 12 #Oscars presenters! And tune in on Sunday, March 4, to watch the show live.

Davis won an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Fences” (2016). Additionally, she garnered an Actress in a Leading Role nomination for “The Help” (2011) and an Actress in a Supporting Role nomination for “Doubt” (2008). Her other credits include the Oscar-winning films “Suicide Squad” (2016), “Syriana” (2005) and “Traffic” (2000) as well as the Oscar-nominated “Prisoners” (2013), “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (2011) and “Far from Heaven” (2002). Davis will next appear in “Widows.”