Viola talked with Jimmy Kimmel about being nominated for the Best Supporting Actress for her work in the film Fences.
E!Online gives us an overview of the interview.
Viola Davis is having a moment.
The Fences actress appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night, and though she’s been sweeping nearly every award show this season, she was surprised by just how many honors she’s received overall. “I’ve won over 30 awards?” she asked. “You got that at Wikipedia, right?”
Jimmy Kimmel proceeded to tease her, asking, “Do you have any other people left to thank at the Oscars, because you are the odds on favorite to win? In fact, some say you’re a lock to win.”
But Davis—who lost the Best Supporting Actress award for Doubt in 2008 and the Best Actress award for The Help in 2011 —doesn’t want to buy into her own hype. “I’ve been the odds on favorite to win before and did not. It’s devastating; it makes it worse,” she admitted. “You’re sitting there and you’re like, ‘OK, I’m the odds-on favorite.’ And then your name is not called.”
To further illustrate her point, the How to Get Away With Murder actress said, “It’s like falling from a 100-story building…If you know you’re losing, it’s like falling from a one-story building.”
Davis is nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the 2017 Oscars alongside Moonlight’s Naomie Harris, Lion’s Nicole Kidman, Hidden Figures’ Octavia Spencer and Manchester by the Sea’s Michelle Williams, and the winner will be announced live on Feb. 26. Davis—a BAFTA-, Critics’ Choice-, Emmy-, Golden Globe- and Tony award-winning actress—has become known for her inspirational acceptance speeches over the years. “I write them, Jimmy. They’re off the cuff,” she said before asking Kimmel, “You want me to help you for the Oscars?”
“Don’t worry: I’m not going to win anything,” Kimmel laughed. “But I’ll take anything I can get.”
Later on, Kimmel showed one of Davis’ standout scenes in Fences and asked about Davis’ emotional state. “Pardon me if this is an inappropriate question: Was that your snot or was that snot that was added?” he asked. Davis laughed and replied, “That was my snot. Everyone talks about my snot! It’s gotten to the point I’m [over it]. My nose runs when I cry. I don’t want to spend half the scene [wiping snot away]. Listen, after 23 takes, I had very clear nasal passages!”
Other clips released:
Viola talks about getting her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame right in front of a Marshall’s and recalls getting a street named after her in her hometown.
Viola talks about what her character on ‘How To Get Away with Murder’ is currently going through.
Viola reveals that she had her own, real snot on her face in a scene from her film Fences and talks about mentoring young actor Jovan Adepo, who also appears in the movie.
People shares this fun part of an appearance by Viola on today’s episode of the Ellen DeGeneres show. (P.S. I love when she talks about Genesis!)
‘You Don’t Know What Lemonade Means to Me, Mom’
Viola Davis‘s daughter is definitely a member of the Beyhive.
The How to Get Away with Murder star talked to Ellen DeGeneres on Monday about her 6-year-old daughter Genesis — and her obsession with Beyoncé.
“Her latest thing is Beyoncé,” Davis, 51, said. “She wanted to go to a Beyoncé concert and we said, ‘No. You cannot go to Beyoncé, Genesis.’ ”
Davis says the rejection was not received well by the singer’s biggest fan. ” ‘No, you don’t know what Lemonade means to me, Mom,’ ” Davis says, recalling what her daughter had told her. ” ‘You don’t know what Beyoncé means to my life.’ There you go.”
DeGeneres, 58, then asks the inevitable question, “So she wants to be an actress?”
“She does want to be an actress,” Davis confirms. “She says, ‘Mommy, I know how to live the words. I know how to breathe the words. I know how to remember the words.’ And I said, ‘Well, you gotta remember how to go to school and at 18, you need to remember how to get out of the house and pay your own bills.’ ”
And from her daughter’s future in drama to her character’s TV drama, Davis reveals some demands she had for this season’s NSFW moments.
“I told them ‘No more sex scenes. You cannot throw me up against a wall.’ They threw me up against a wall in the first season and I threw my back out for two weeks — and my hip,” she says.
“I limped around for two weeks and I said, ‘No more walls. I just want to be on the bed and I don’t want to move. I don’t want anyone on top of me. I don’t want to be on top of anybody else.’”
How to Get Away with Murder returns Thursday at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Viola is an Academy Award, Emmy Award & Tony Award winning actress who is best known for her roles in films such as Fences, The Help, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, and Ender's Game and from her role in the hit ABC series How to Get Away With Murder. Viola is an ambassador who fights to eradicate Childhood Hunger. Viola is married to Julius Tennon and a mother to her daughter Genesis.
How to Get Away With Murder 2014-Present | Crime, Drama, Mystery as: Annalise Keating A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.
Widows 2018 | Crime, Drama, Thriller as: Veronica Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common accept a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Untitled Harriet Tubman Project Announced | Biography, Drama, History as: Harriet Tubman The life of Civil War-era activist Harriet Tubman, who worked to liberate slaves in the American South by developing an a secretive system that allowed them to escape to freedom.
The Woman King Announced | Drama, History as: Nanisca Inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries, The Woman King tells the story of Nanisca, general of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi, who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.
"One in five children in this country don’t know where their next meal is coming from. I was one of those kids. There is no reason why kids should have to go through what I went through. I know that telling my story will continue to heighten our awareness surrounding this problem and we will keep fighting to end childhood hunger in this country." To learn more about this campaign and the part Viola plays in it go here.