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BLACK & FABULOUS: Viola Davis Opens Up For The LA Times Magazine!!



Viola Davis looks glorious!

Like, seeing images like this, is so affirming, so empowering….

The 46-year-old Oscar nominee posed for an edgy photo shoot in the new L.A. Times Magazine, where she showed off her natural hairstyle in several high-fashion looks by Jason Wu, Marchesa and Thierry Mugler.

On mentoring the next generation of actors/actresses of color:

“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 type of character that Viola Davis prefers (underrated, slow burners, still waters that run deep):

“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. If you’re looking at an actor onstage with a cat, who are you going to look at, the actor or the cat? The cat, because the cat is just being a cat.”

On her how her background, or because of it Viola Davis nursed her acting ambitions early and often:
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“Even back when I was 11, I knew that Isabel Sanford from The Jeffersons came from the stage. I never watched the Oscars, but I watched the Tonys every year. I wanted to be onstage. I wanted to be like Colleen Dewhurst or Jane Alexander—one of those great ladies of the theater, doing Ibsen and Shakespeare. 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.”
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“I don’t feel bitterness,”
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On the the “plight” of being a woman of color in the business:
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“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 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.”
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On her next target; not a another lead role but producing:
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“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. I have a stack of books in mind. There are great characters in history whose stories need to be told. But also, look at this year’s line-up: Melancholia, Young Adult…Someone just had imagination, put pen to paper and created a [whole] human being. That is what I hope for myself…for a number of black actresses.” “We’ll see. I’m hoping there are enough people out there who will have my back.”
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Nuff said. Check them out for yourselves….
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