Viola Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors. She’s killing it every week on How To Get Away With Murder and has been nominated twice for an Oscar for her performances in The Help and Doubt. Now there’s no doubt that this year’s Academy Awards have been overshadowed by the “Oscars So White’ controversy. So when ET Canada“s Sangita Patel sat down with Viola in New York, she asked Viola to join the conversation and give her take on the hiring practices in Hollywood.
“It’s certainly has gotten better in television for actors of colour,”; Viola tells us. “There are women of a certain age that are on TV leading the charge who probably wouldn’t be hired in film… Movies still has to catch up.”;
This comes on the heels of some high-profile stars like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith boycotting this weekend’s Academy Awards.
“If that’s the way they want to assert themselves, more power to them,”; says Viola. “I love Jada and Will. So I have complete and total respect for them.”;
Viola worked with Will on the highly anticipated anti-hero movie, Suicide Squad. “I just think this is going to be fabulous!”; Viola beams. “Every night I’d get on the phone and say to my husband, ‘You can’t even believe what we did tonight! Oh my god.’ …And Jared Leto, man, a dead pig. His henchman brought a box into the green room and Will Smith opened it. And he was like, ‘Oh, my god,’ and there were bullets with our names on it. And then the henchmen came back with an iPad and opened it and it was him, the Joker… going ‘Ahhhhhhh, I can’t wait to meet you all! I hope you enjoyed my gift.’ And all of us collectively, you could read everyone’s mind. We’re terrified… but then the other thought was, Oh man I got to go back to my work! Oh man he’s really stepping it up here. It was awesome!”;
Something else that’s awesome is Viola’s association with the “The Vaseline Healing Project’ — a $500-million partnership with Direct Relief to help millions living in disaster and crisis to heal their skin and get back to their everyday lives.
“I use [Vaseline] everyday… I got rough heels. My husband says, “You gonna cut me tonight?'”; Laughing, Viola adds, “He’s going to kill me. ‘Viola! I can’t believe you told people that your feet cut me at night!'”;