Viola Davis Covers Essence Magazine
Smiling from ear to ear and currently working on what I believe will be a huge film The Help, Viola Davis gracefully covers the August 2011 issue of ESSENCE mag. With her hair blowing in the wind and dress flowing well pass her ankles, Viola appears as though she’s been enjoying the warmth of summer.
Speaking to ESSENCE, Viola touches on the struggles black women face saying:
“As Black women, we’re always given these seemingly devastating experiences — experiences that could absolutely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. What we do as Black women is take the worst situations and create from that point…”
On filming The Help:
“Of course I had trepidations. Why do I have to play the mammy? But what do you do as an actor if one of the most multifaceted and rich roles you’ve ever been given is a maid in 1962 Mississippi?”
“Do you not take the role because you feel like in some ways it’s not a good message to send to Black people? No. The message is the quality of the work. That is the greater message.”
Such a strong, beautiful black woman. The Help will be in theaters on August 10th.