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Toronto Film Festival Photoshoots

New photoshoots from Viola’s recent visit to the Toronto Film Festival to promote her new film Widows.

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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
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Viola Davis Knows What’s Wrong With Hollywood… and How to Fix It

Viola is featured on the newest issue of Variety magazine. She talks about her new film Widows that is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, the Hollywood Pay Gap, and other issues that she has faced in Hollywood.

It was a familiar dilemma for Viola Davis. What to do with her hair?

The star of the upcoming film “Widows” needed to know what kind of wig or extensions she should wear to play Veronica Rawlins, the leader of an unlikely band of robbers scrambling to pull off a dangerous heist. Director Steve McQueen’s answer shocked the Emmy-, Tony- and Oscar-winning actress.

“I said, ‘Your own hair is beautiful — just wear it that way,’” recalls McQueen. “Veronica is a wash-and-go kind of girl.”

For Davis, the decision to appear on-screen in close-cropped, curly hair was liberating and represented an important social statement.

“You’re always taught as a person of color to not like your hair,” she says. “The kinkier it is, the so-called nappier it is, the uglier it is.”

McQueen stressed that he was interested in reflecting reality. More women looked like her, he told the actress, than like the artificial and idealized images of female beauty that Hollywood frequently projects.

“We’re into a zeitgeist where people are fighting for their space to be seen,” says Davis. “People have to know that there are different types of women of color. We’re not all Foxy Brown. We’re not all brown or light-skinned beauties with a big Afro. We have the girl next door. We have the older, dark-skinned, natural-haired woman.”

“Widows,” which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival and debuts in theaters on Nov. 16, represents other important firsts for Davis. It’s a commercial action pic from a major studio (20th Century Fox) that rises or falls on her performance, as well as a chance for the 53-year old actress to solidify her position on the A-list. Julius Tennon, Davis’ husband of 15 years and the co-founder of their production company JuVee, says the impact could be seismic.

“This could change the face of her career up to this point,” he says. “It’s a chance for Viola to be seen as the lead actor in a global movie.”

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Additional Stills from Widows

Some new stills have been released from Viola’s film Widows …

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Viola Davis Online > 2018 | Widows > Production Stills

First Stills from Widows Released

New stills from Viola’s role as Veronica Rawlins in Widows have been released …. seriously can’t wait for this film to be released.

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Viola Davis Online > Films > 2018 | Widows > Production Stills

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

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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