New stills from Viola’s role as Veronica Rawlins in Widows have been released …. seriously can’t wait for this film to be released.
Okay I must warn you to sit down for this trailer …. it looks AMAZING! Can’t wait!
“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, Alice, Linda and Belle take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Nola.com shared that Viola will be filming her new film Troupe Zero this summer in New Orleans.
Gary Oldman and Brie Larson apparently won’t be the only Oscar-winning actors filming in New Orleans this summer. So will Allison Janney (a 2018 Oscar winner for “I, Tonya”) and Viola Davis (a 2017 Oscar winner for “Fences”), both of whom have reportedly joined the local cast of the Amazon-backed feature “Troupe Zero.”
According to Deadline, Janney and Davis join a cast that also includes actor and comic Jim Gaffigan (“Chappaquiddick”) and 12-year-old actress McKenna Grace (“Fuller House,” “Designated Survivor”).
“Troupe Zero” will be based on a screenplay by Lucy Alibar, who was nominated for a screenwriting Oscar with Benh Zeitlin for their script for 2012’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” The project was scheduled to start production in the New Orleans area this week and continue for 30 days of principal photography. Production placards for the film were spotted Monday (May 21) in the Mandeville area.
Plot details of have yet to be released. The filmmaking duo known as Bert & Bertie (“Dance Camp”) will direct, with Todd Black (“The Equalizer,” “The Magnificent Seven”) producing. No release date has been announced.
As previously reported, Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) will be in town in June for the locally set crime drama “The Bayou,” in which he will star as a hit man named Tickie Bordeaux. Larson (“Room”) is playing the title role in the superhero film “Captain Marvel,” which is expected to shoot for about 10 days in New Orleans and Baton Rouge around July 4.
They are among a number of productions shooting, or preparing to shoot, in town, including the feature films “Think Like a Dog,” “Darkest Dark” and “Gambit,” as well as a raft of TV series, including new seasons of “Claws,” “Preacher” and “NCIS: New Orleans.”
Recently Viola was one of the actresses featured on America Inside Out … here is a clip of the full episode.
From famous actors to tech trailblazers to domestic workers, Katie Couric talks to change makers about why we still haven’t achieved gender equality.
Viola Davis is no stranger to breaking barriers in Hollywood.
As the star of ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, she’s the first and only black woman to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, which she received in 2015. After winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 2016’s Fences, she became the first black actor to earn the “Triple Crown of Acting,” by winning a competitive Oscar, Emmy and Tony.
But the actress has been open about her humble beginnings, growing up in poverty in Rhode Island, telling ET that part of the way she overcame her struggles was to “dream big.”
“Dreaming is like going to the gym for me. It’s what I did every day,” Davis said at the time. “Every day I tackled something. Every day, even when I had obstacles in front of me, even if it was something I could do that made me just a step closer to my dreams, I did it.”
Now, on the National Geographic docuseries America Inside Out With Katie Couric, the actress is recounting the barriers she faced as a woman of color trying to break through in Hollywood.
“I’m not pretty enough; I’m too fat; I’m not good enough; my hair — that was a big one; my skin tone,” Davis lists off in a frank conversation with the journalist.
In tonight’s episode, “The Revolt,” Couric examines why Davis and other women remain more vulnerable to harassment and abuse in the workplace. She then goes beyond those tragic stories to discover how gender inequality, unconscious bias and sexual harassment are linked through interviews with other trailblazers like Geena Davis and Elisabeth Moss, who are helping Hollywood change in the Time’s Up era.
I love this feature that People.com did on their site! Hopefully that means there will be a feature on Viola in their new The Beautiful Issue People issue.
The Oscar winner knows that she’s fabulous — and she wants other women to know that they are, too
ON HER MANTRA
“My go-to saying is that a privilege of a lifetime is being who you are, and I would tell my younger self exactly that—you are absolutely perfect the way you are.”
— to InStyle
ON DECIDING TO WALK THE RED CARPET WITHOUT A WIG AT THE 2012 EMMYS
“I would not say that I was 100 percent comfortable until I walked onto the carpet. And I’ll tell you why: Number one, I felt like I had to be. Number two, I just wanted to be me. Every time you walk that carpet, the pressure to be your authentic self, but at the same time not stick out … That balance is something we are all trying to reach when we walk out the door every day. How do we fit in, but be ourselves and be true to ourselves?”
— to Refinery29
ON GROWING COMFORTABLE WITH HERSELF
“The fall hasn’t happened. I’ve been blissfully comfortable in my own skin. I think what’s happened is probably just so many years of not feeling comfortable, that maybe I just got tired. Maybe all of the experiences I’ve had have just marinated into this beautiful pot of me.”
— to Today
ON WHAT SHE HOPES TO TEACH HER DAUGHTER
“I don’t care how stereotypical it is, beauty has got to come from the inside. It’s got to come from owning her story — all of it. Her failures, her insecurities, her strength, her joy, all of it. There’s not one thing she can leave on the side of the road and not claim. That’s all I want for her.”
— to Refinery29
ON WOMEN BEING WORTH MORE THAN THEIR LOOKS
“We need to stop that with girls. We need to stop saying that all of their value is in the way they look, and whether they’re pretty or not. I hate it when people say things like, ‘She has a lot going for her because she’s beautiful.’ But what else is she? Because by the time she’s 65 and doesn’t have that tight rear end anymore, then you’re saying she has no value? That needs to stop. It’s the most detrimental thing to suggest that’s the only value you have.”
— to InStyle
ON NOT BEING AFRAID OF AGING
“What’s released me most from the fear of aging is self-awareness. I’ve never determined my value based on my looks or anything physical. I’ve been through a lot in life, and what has gotten me through is strength of character and faith.”
— to InStyle
FIRING BACK AT THE TV CRITIC WHO DESCRIBED HER AS ‘LESS CLASSICALLY BEAUTIFUL’
“I think that beauty is subjective. I’ve heard that statement my entire life. Being a dark-skinned black woman — you hear it from the time you get out of the womb. ‘Classically not beautiful’ is a fancy term of saying ugly, and denouncing you, erasing you. Now it worked when I was younger; it no longer works for me now … Because really at the end of the day, you define you.”
— on The View
ON WHY ANNALISE KEATING’S SENSUAL SIDE IS SO IMPORTANT
“We’ve been fed a whole slew of lies about women. [By TV standards,] if you are anywhere above a size 2, you’re not having sex. You don’t have sexual thoughts. You may not even have a vagina. And if you’re of a certain age, you’re off the table.”
— to ELLE
ON REDEFINING BEAUTY
“Just like we have to redefine strength, we have to redefine beauty. It’s not even about beautiful, it’s about being who you are. It’s about being honest. It’s about stepping into, ‘This is how I am in private, this is how I look, this is how I act, this is my mess, this is my strength, this is my beauty, this is my intelligence,’ and then putting it out there that this is who I am.”
— to New York
ON LEARNING TO EMBRACE HER LOOKS
“Nobody uses those two words in a sentence: beauty and Viola. I didn’t grow up like that. I didn’t have boyfriends until I was in my 20s. Part of that was because I was extraordinarily shy, but, um, no. And especially, women of my hue are historically, traditionally, not associated with beauty. I think that’s part of the reason why I did take my wig off is because I felt that I was just addicted to the wigs … I felt like I was using it as a crutch. And I wanted to show people that despite all these things, I’m still cute. So look at me. Aren’t I cute? And I just felt that I needed to stop doing that and I needed to stop apologizing for that and I needed to step into who I was.”
— to Ebony.com
ON THE ADVICE SHE’D GIVE OTHER WOMEN
“I just look at women sometimes and I just want to ask them, ‘Do you know how fabulous you are?’ I look back at pictures of myself and I remember thinking, ‘I was so fat when I was growing up. I was 165 pounds when I graduated from high school. I was a mess.’ And then I look back at pictures of myself, and I’m like, ‘You were fabulous.’ I wish I would have known that then.”
— to ELLE