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Video: Viola Davis Talks Black Actresses Increased Visibility and Multi-Dimensional Characters

by Vanessa Martinez
November 11, 2011 11:10 AM
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Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, the Award Season Roundtable Part II video below features Viola Davis; who talks about the increased visibility of black actresses in Hollywood, and trying to add dimension to her characters, despite writers and directors who try to "stifle" the personality of black characters.

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  • Said | November 13, 2011 1:42 PMReply

    I love Viola yet the black actor/actress struggles topic is getting kinda old, and every year (or two) it comes up. I would have liked to hear Charlize Theron express her feelings as an African actress to work in Hollywood where she's look at by her skin color. That would have been an interesting paradox to listen too...

  • SAID | November 26, 2011 5:26 AM

    Racist HOE.

  • donnad | November 15, 2011 10:15 AM

    Seriously? You are actually comparing Charlize Theron's challenges as an actress to Viola Davis? yes you may be tired of this argument BUT IT STILL EXIST! The fact that this is her first LEAD ROLE and SHE'S PLAYING A MAID ON SCREEN SCREAMS OF VALIDITY OF WHAT SHE IS SAYING!!! I am so sick of people like you! You are part of the problem! How many ridiculous stories can we see of the white experience where they are basically dealing with everyday life? ie kids are challenging, marriage etc without dealing with DRUGS, VIOLENCE OR BEING VICTIMIZED! Just shut up

  • moionfire | November 15, 2011 6:37 AM

    Are you kidding??? Charlize Theron is a White South African with an american accent(she lost her old accent ages ago). I doubt she has difficulty getting roles, especially since she is an attractive blond.

  • ojie king | November 12, 2011 5:54 AMReply

    I'm always overjoyed when i see black actresses working. I guess its true what she said though about the roles for Black actresses being too nurturing. But things are changing, Vanessa Williams played Wilhemina Slater in Betty, Monique in Precious etc. So, things are changing. But, in my opinion, i think we should start encouraging BLACK SCREEN WRITERS TO START PICKING UP THEIR PENS AND WRITING, BECAUSE THE MORE WE RELY ON HOLLYWOOD FOR ROLES, THE MORE WE WAIT!!!

  • Scriptease | November 13, 2011 2:37 AM

    I so agree with you.... I am an Aspiring Screenwriter, working on to powerful black love stories. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed watching the Notebook and A Walk to Remember.... but I want to see people who favor me in those style of love stories.... It's more out there for us to enjoy other than Christian based films... and hopefully soon, I can change that. So remember my name. Dawn L. Rogers.

  • Mec | November 11, 2011 3:06 PMReply

    I agree with some of what she said about the images of Black woman portrayed in TV, Movies etc. But, I felt that her comments were being monitored. And she couldn't say more of what she really wanted to say regarding the AA actors in Hollywood, because she was surrounded by a white actresses. smh

  • Jug | November 11, 2011 1:41 PMReply

    I love what she said. At once talking about perspective and then the reality of the business, ebbs & flows of trends. AND talking about character, human behavior, a REAL person, regardless of politics of the piece-is a treat to hear.

    She's a damn Beast man! "No good American actors" MY ASS! LOL

  • Cleopatra Jones | November 11, 2011 12:28 PMReply

    Love this woman more and more each day. I'm praying she gets the Oscar next year. It's her moment.

  • blaqbird | November 11, 2011 11:44 AMReply

    I like Viola Davis sooooooo much! Hope to work with her one day!

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