September 12, 2018
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Viola Davis is speaking out about roles she regrets and according to the Academy Award-winning actress, The Help is on that list.
She told the audience at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, “I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard,” she said. “I know Aibileen. I know Minny. They’re my grandma. They’re my mom. And I know that if you do a movie where the whole premise is, I want to know what it feels like to work for white people and to bring up children in 1963, I want to hear how you really feel about it. I never heard that in the course of the movie.”
Despite not feeling as if the film accurately portrayed the significance of black women, the 53-year-old does treasure the relationships formed on set between her co-stars Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney and Bryce Dallas Howard.
“The friendships that I formed are ones that I’m going to have for the rest of my life. I had a great experience with these other actresses, who are extraordinary human beings. And I could not ask for a better collaborator than [director] Tate Taylor.”
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