Viola Davis has spoken out about demanding her worth as an actress, admitting there are still huge discrepancies in pay and opportunities.
The actress and producer, 55, told InStyle.com: ‘I want and I expect to get the same filet mignon that white actresses get. Cooked at the exact temperature. You cannot throw me a bone with a really nice little piece of meat still on it and expect that’s good enough for me.
‘I love my collard greens and all of that, and I know we were given the leftovers. I know how to cook that, but I want a filet mignon.
‘The differences in pay and the lack of access to opportunities are huge. I fully expect changes. I’m trying to lift my hopes up.
‘Even if it takes a little bit of vodka. If we don’t move forward together, then we don’t move forward.’
Viola, who is set to star as the title character in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, also revealed that she teaches her 10-year-old daughter Genesis about the Black Lives Matter movement and empathy for others.
She explained: ‘In terms of Black Lives Matter, I am who I always am. What’s happening is what has always been happening. We just decided to wake up.
‘How have I been able to process it? I have days when I fail miserably. And that’s when I need my two or three glasses of wine. But I’m trying not to lose hope in humanity.
‘The only thing I can control in life is what I put into it. That’s the only thing I can do with Genesis. Teach her that you still have to be kind, you still have to be empathetic. That that’s going to be a part of your legacy.
‘You have no idea whose life you can shift. And at the same time, even someone who doesn’t share your belief system could be a friend. That is the complexity of life.’
The full interview with Viola Davis is available in the December issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download November 20.
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