I did a double-take when I saw these black and white photos of Viola Davis with her cute ‘lil afro in the latest issue of the Los Angeles Times magazine. She looks breathtaking.
Here’s what the two-time Oscar nominee had to say.
On mentoring other actors:
“I have so many young people that come to the house I can’t even count. They come to L.A. feeling lost. Some want to be actors, some don’t. They just want to be somebody.”
On the types of characters she likes to play:
“Human life is about a culmination of moments, and 99 percent of those are quiet but powerful. I am always interested and intrigued with watching that.”
On the lack of good roles for black actresses:
“That really is our plight, especially as women of color. You can have all the training in the world, come from a respectable background and yet never get that big opportunity that breaks you out—never.”
On her breakthrough role:
“You can be in the business for 23 years, which I have been, and suddenly something happens that wakes people up. For me, that was being in a movie [Doubt] with Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It makes people realize you’re there. Otherwise you’re that black girl who had a guest or costar role in a TV show here or there.”
On getting into producing films:
“I am doing this out of necessity. If I am not the instrument of change, I can meander through this business and be the black woman who always has two or three scenes but with fabulous actors around me.”
Feast your eyes on the rest of Viola’s gorgeous shoot!