Viola Davis: it May not have been nominated for the roles that are not
Emmy-nominated actress discusses the possibility of a historic victory on the red carpet
Viola Davis revealed that she has regrets of her Oscar-nominated roles.
“Have I ever done roles that I have regrets? I have, and ‘The Help’ is on that list,” Davis told the New York Times at the Toronto Film Festival Tuesday.
As part of a lot of the questions submitted by the Times readers, Davis shared personal reflections about her career, including the constant pressure to be a beacon of hope for women of color.
“That role model and picking up that baton when you are struggling in your own life is difficult,” she said, but ” I choose to be the leader.”
What does weigh on her conscience, she said, is her role in “The Help”, which has been criticized for the over-crediting of white women for improvements in race relations, instead of more emphasis on the real heroes of the story, black maids such as Davis’ character Aibileen.
A question from a Chicago woman, who wondered whether Davis had ever regretted pulling a Burt Reynolds by the passing of an important role, was a platform for Davis to discuss her thoughts about “The Help.”
“I felt that at the end of the day that it is not the voices of the girls who were heard,” she said. “I know, Aibileen. I know Minny. They are from my grandmother. She is my mother. And I know that if you have a movie where the whole premise is, I want to know how it feels to work for white people and their children in 1963, I want to hear how you really feel. I’ve never heard that in the course of the film.”
But she was adamant that it was a good experience and that she still thinks fun of everyone she worked with.
“The friendships that I formed are ones that I go for the rest of my life,” she told the Times. “I had a great experience with these and other actresses, that extraordinary man. And I couldn’t ask for a better employee than [director] Tate Taylor.”
This article originally appeared in Variety.