Viola Davis on the Challenges of Being a Black Actress: "There's Not Enough Opportunities"

Jul 15 2020 - 4:05pm

Image Source: Dario Calmese / Vanity Fair [1]
When Viola Davis [2] was younger, she "did not exert [her] voice because [she] did not feel worthy of having a voice." Now, the 54-year-old actress knows the importance of speaking up. In an interview for Vanity Fair's July/August issue [3], she discussed the recent social justice protests [4], the challenges of being a Black actress [5], and how she found her self-worth. Shot by Dario Calmese, Viola's gorgeous spread made history, as it marks the first time a Black photographer shot a Vanity Fair cover [6].

Viola has been vocal about the obstacles Black women face for years. In a recently resurfaced interview, she opened up about how she's had to hustle her whole career, yet she's nowhere near where her white counterparts are [7]. "Not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities — nowhere close to it," Viola explained. She recently participated in a neighborhood demonstration with Yvette Nicole Brown as a way to "call for justice for [George] Floyd and all the other Black men and women unjustly killed by the police." Continue reading for some of Viola's best quotes from the Vanity Fair issue.

Image Source: Dario Calmese / Vanity Fair [9]

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