Growing up in Rhode Island, USA, Viola Davis felt invisible because she didn’t see her community on screen. And now, the Oscar-winning actor is looking to change things for himself.
She says it’s important to tap into the warrior within in the current situation where women still have to fight for their rights to their lives and health.
“For me, all the movies I saw as a kid, the movies that influenced me, were the movies that people understood me and felt they saw me. There were a few movies where I was just a split second, or a bus driver, and I was like, ‘Oh no, that’s different,'” Davis said in an exclusive interview.
The 57-year-old continues, “When you see Miss Tyson grow up in Miss Jane Pittman’s autobiography, (things change).”
And that’s what she wants to do with her next film, The Woman King, which follows the story and struggle of all the female warriors who defended the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s.
“Our films can literally help women tap into their own warriors. Climate allows you to tap into that part of you that is a fighter.” The actor adds, “We won’t know how the film will inspire change until it comes out.”
But how has the industry changed for black women in the last few years?
“We get that question all the time. My feeling is that you’re asking the wrong person that question. You have to ask someone who’s funded the movie, the terms of our existence and the movie.As far as we’re concerned, listen, we feel like we can do anything. is how we feel, and we have always felt.
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