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Viola & Widows at the Toronto Film Festival

Viola has been taking Toronto by storm this past weekend as she publicizes her new film Widows. She attended two press conferences and a premiere with her cast mates.


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Viola Davis Online > 2018 > September 8 | Widows Press Conference in Toronto
Viola Davis Online > 2018 > September 8 | Toronto Film Festival – Widows Premiere
Viola Davis Online > 2018 > September 9 | Toronto Film Festival – Widows Press Conference

Viola to Present the Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing

Widows at Toronto Film Festival

Deadline has shared that Viola’s film Widows is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in September!

The Toronto Film Festival has unveiled a rich roster of Gala and Special Presentations screenings for the 2018 edition that runs September 6-16. Among the world premieres are Felix Van Groeningen’s addiction drama Beautiful Boy from Amazon and based on the memoirs of David and Nic Sheff, with Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet starring.

Also in the world premiere mix are Steve McQueen’s female-fronted thriller Widows from Fox; Peter Hedges’ mother-son story and Julia Roberts-starrer Ben Is Back, which LD Entertainment, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are releasing domestically December 7; Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight follow-up If Beale Street Could Talk from Annapurna; Dan Fogelman’s romantic drama Life Itself; and Claire Denis’ High Life.

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Variety’s Power of Women Event – New York

I added pictures of Viola arriving at yesterday’s Variety’s Power of Women Event. She wore a beautiful pink gown by Pamella Roland.

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Viola Davis Online > EVENTS And APPEARANCES > 2018 > Variety’s Women in Power – New York

Viola Davis on Pay Inequality: ‘If You See Me the Same, Pay Me the Same’

Variety released some clips from an interview with Viola on the red carpet of yesterday’s Power of Women New York event.

On the red carpet for Variety‘s Power of Women New York event Friday, Viola Davis shared her thoughts on the #MeToo movement, its implications, and the lasting effects of sexual assault.

“I think the conversation now is people really feel like the impact is just a woman loses her career — it’s way deeper than that,” Davis said. “You lose your life in that moment.”

Davis acknowledged the progress #MeToo has made in terms of giving women voices, but she expanded on how discussions surrounding the movement could be more productive beyond sexual assault’s effects on women’s job prospects.

“The conversation that people need to have is what sexual assault does to that individual,” Davis said. “The moment that sexual assault happens and the trauma happens, how it spirals into side effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide, drug addiction, rage issues, body dismorphic issues.”

The actress also clarified and elaborated on an earlier comment she made at the Women in the World salon on Feb. 13, in which she called to action those who say she is as one-of-a-kind as Meryl Streep. “If there is no like me, pay me what I’m worth,” Davis said at the event.

At Power of Women, Davis spoke about the intersectional implications of the comment: “What I mean by that is black women are paid significantly less than Caucasian women, and Hispanic women are also paid significantly less.”

She expressed her desire to be seen as a woman, too, pointing out the similarities between women’s struggle to be paid the same as men and the barriers facing women of color who want to be paid the same as white women.

“If white women make half as much as white men, we make not even a quarter of what white women get. And then we don’t have the same opportunities to get paid more,” Davis said. “What I’ve invested in my career is exactly the same. And so if you see me the same, then pay me the same, which is what women are saying about men.”

To watch the interview clips visit Variety’s page.

The mighty voice of Viola Davis

Women in the World released this video of Viola’s discussion from yesterday!

Viola Davis talks about a life journey that’s taken her from the depths of privation to the heights of Hollywood, overcoming discrimination against her race, gender and poverty all the way.

Women in the World Summit

Viola participated in the Women in the World Summit yesterday in New York City at the Lincoln Center. Viola’s discussion was with MSNBC host and author Joy-Ann Reid and together they discussed a wide range of topics including the changes happening in the world, the Me Too Movement, and being an actor.

“Women are much more aggressive out there in terms of getting what they want,” she said. “I see women wanting to be the change that they want to see.”

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Viola Davis Online > EVENTS And APPEARANCES > 2018 > April 12 | Women in the World Summit

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