Oscar®, Tony® & Emmy® Award Winning Actress Viola Davis on Knowing Her Worth and Letting Her Inner Beauty Shine in AARP The Magazine
LOS ANGELES, November 23, 2020
LOS ANGELES, November 23, 2020 / PRNewswire / – As an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress, Viola Davis is widely recognized as one of the most respected, gifted and sought after actors today. But at the end of the day, his passions lie more in matters of the heart and soul: loving his family, sharing his wisdom, spreading his message of hope and confidence. In the December / January issue of AARP The Magazine (ATM), the How to get away with a murder star throws the many layers of Hollywood glamorous and offers a rare look at her personal life.
In an in-depth interview with AT MDavis looks back on her difficult journey to world fame, noting that as the second youngest of six children, she once considered herself invisible. Coming from a family struggling with poverty, alcoholism and violence, she still excelled academically and pursued her acting career at the prestigious Julliard School. Today, she has the honor of being the first African-American woman to win the Triple Acting Crown.
Davis returns to the screen with his new Netflix movie, My Rainey’s Black stocking, and is set to appear in two big-screen projects in 2021. Additionally, the actress has landed a film and television production contract with Amazon.
Here are excerpts from AT M‘s December /January 2021 cover story featuring Viola Davis available in homes from December and available online now at www.aarp.org/magazine/.
About her character in the next movie, My Rainey’s Black background :
“She didn’t apologize about her sexuality, didn’t apologize in terms of value [as a recording artist] and in terms of what she wanted, without apologizing for her blackness. I think today she would actually be seen as a liberated woman in every way, a woman ahead of her time – and that’s a really slippery slope sometimes. You are fighting a culture that devalues you, even though in your heart and in your mind you know your worth. “
On the value of knowing your worth:
“When you look at yourself in the mirror and see that all your imperfections can be mixed with all the things you really love about yourself, oh, my God! That’s all. “
On creating an inheritance:
“The problem is, you have defined your life as the glass ceiling to make your life a success. And the glass ceiling is not a success. It is a meaning. It creates a legacy, creates a life that is successful. is taller than yourself. “
On beauty in imperfections:
“My inner therapist, who is the best, said to me, ‘You are good just the way you are. Your body has served you well. It’s healthy. It’s strong.’ In five minutes, I feel good. “
On his marriage to Julius Tennon:
“You realize that when you choose your partner well, it’s not that you can’t live without him, you just don’t want to.”
On his faith:
“I’m a believer of God. I believe that sometimes you have to surrender it to a higher entity, because sometimes I don’t have the answers and I never will.”
AARP is the nation’s largest non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and over to choose their lifestyle as they age. With a national presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families. The AARP also produces the most widely distributed publications in the country: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.
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