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Viola Davis: “I always tried to be the 90-pound white girl”

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On being able to play a sexual character in her new movie How To Get Away with Murder:

It feels awesome. It really does. I love it. I went to Julliard in New York and I always tried to be the 90-pound White girl. Only because we did a lot of classical training and all of the ingénues in Shakespeare were very small women. So I tried to make myself small. Literally. I don’t know how I did that. I was like thinking, “Small. Light.” I would try to have a higher voice, which sounds ridiculous right? But I felt like there’s only one way to be sexy. It’s almost like I felt like I had to disappear. But it feels really good to embrace exactly who I am and be my sexy or be my sexualized. To be my woman, you know? And it’s been the joy of my life. It really has and I think it found me at the right time of my life. When I really am very unapologetic for who I am. That helps other women, too. I think women want to see themselves on TV. I really do. I think we’re in the 21st century, I think we have to woman up. I think a lot of women have womaned up and we want to see ourselves and it feels great.

… says 49 year-old Viola.

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Hannah Louisa
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I love her role in ‘The Help’, one of the best movies I’ve seen. I even shed some tears at the end.

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‘The Help’ was a brilliant movie indeed. I would definitely recommend it to everyone. I cried like a baby!

L
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Truly incredible quote that is reflective of the unrealistic beauty standards placed on women and especially the Euro-centric beauty standards WoC are subject to. I especially love the line, “But it feels really good to embrace exactly who I am and be my sexy or be my sexualized. To be my woman, you know?” It brings me unquantifiable amounts of joy that she has been able to recognize that those standards of beauty were just that -unattainable, and was able to discover her own beauty and take ownerships of it. I love the idea of “my sexualized,” because (in my… Read more »
Calia
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Calia

I agree, but it’s not just about those standards being ‘unattainable.’ For many of us, they are not desirable. And we would rather look like ourselves than some image that mainstream media tells us to embrace.

L
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Excellent point! There are many who do not desire to adopt this image and would rather embrace their own personal image of self. However, I feel that while many do not desire them, these thin, white, blonde, etc etc Euro-centric beauty ideals are the prevailing beauty standards in (western) culture and are still (unrealistically) desired, whether on a subconscious or conscious level, by the majority of women. Or at least many women go through a time period (usually pre-teen to young adulthood, and [sadly] longer in many cases, into late 30S!) in which they desire this ideal before (and even… Read more »
Calia
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Calia

I absolutely love Viola Davis and have admired her for years. I am so happy to see her as the lead in her successful primetime show. She’s talented, eloquent, beautiful, and seems to have a kind heart. And as a black woman, I do feel more represented when I see her on the small screen. Go Viola!

claud
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claud

man up –> woman up –> human up! awesome. she’s rad and i’d like to have a drink with her.

Agatha
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Agatha

Well, I think she looks terrific at whatever pounds she’s right now.

james
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even the 90lb white girl isn’t always that sexy, a 4’10 woman that just is 90lbs can be sexy but it’s the attempt to turn a 5’8 woman into a 90lb woman that otherwise really would be a higher weight, a 90lb woman can be sexy but not everyone needs to follow suite

CarrieD
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CarrieD

Also “Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?” Haha I still like that one. I can relate with dumbing yourself down. I spent my entire highschool feeling that guys always prefered the silly girls, the fragile princesses, that would let them play hero. I was already pretty independent and had strong opinions and also a dry humor. Looking back, the guys I fell for weren’t all that bright so it’s all good.

Teiku5
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Teiku5

I’m watching How To Get Away With Murder, and she’s absolutely shines as Annalise.

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