Viola sat down with Access and talks about her award while at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards.
Viola Davis talks with Access’ Kit Hoover at the 2018 Glamour Women of the Year Awards about finding inspiration from her 8-year-old daughter. Plus, hear Viola share why she thinks her marriage to Julius Tennon works so well.
Viola gives a very powerful speech as she accepts the Icon Award at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards last night.
“Chrissy Teigen ruined it for me. [Tiegen had mentioned Davis’ coming remarks in her own acceptance speech earlier.] I actually don’t have much to say. I just find it so interesting that some of the greatest myths come out of people just dying to themselves and being resurrected. It always starts with a death. It always starts with just hitting rock bottom and having nothing left.
“You know, I came from a story where I didn’t feel just less-than or I just didn’t have a voice or not pretty. I felt invisible. I came from a long line of women who felt invisible. And they’re the ones who attempted to throw me an invisible rope. Courage is just fear said with prayers. And I feel that it takes a great deal of courage to hit bottom and feel invisible and then to share one’s story. But it’s in the sharing of the story in front of people who have empathy that kills shame. And once that shame is killed, guess what? You’re running. When I look at the zeitgeist today and look at what is happening with women in terms of sexual assault, in terms of poverty, in terms of politically what’s happening, I think to myself the change and the shift that needs to happen is the internal. It’s finding the courage to own one’s story. To say and wake up one day and feel, like, ‘Damn, I’m not perfect.’ Sometimes I don’t feel pretty. Sometimes I don’t want to slay the dragon. Sometimes the dragon I’m slaying is myself, but damn it, I am worth it. I don’t have to barter for my worth. I don’t have to pay someone for it. I came out of my mom’s womb worthy.
“At 25, which was a time in my life that I was at Juilliard, and they basically said, ‘You’re overweight. You’re going to play a matriarch your entire life. What kind of roles can you play, Viola?’ And I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, I know I’m an actor. I know that’s what I was born to do. That’s what’s going to make my life worthwhile. I know I have something in me.’
From Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. “Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
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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.
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