“We’ve been fed a whole slew of lies about women.” By TV standards, “if you are anywhere above a size 2, you’re not having sex. You don’t have sexual thoughts. You may not even have a v~~~~~. And if you’re of a certain age, you’re off the table.”
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.
When it comes to shaping up for her latest role, Viola Davis (48) is turning to one of the hottest bodies in Hollywood for inspiration: Hugh Jackman. The actress says she’s following the so-called “Wolverine diet” to play Susie Brown in the upcoming James Brown biopic, Get on Up.
“[I’m] losing a little weight. When I say ‘a little,’ I mean ‘a little,’ ” she told PEOPLE Saturday at the Los Angeles Hammer Museum’s 11th Annual Gala In The Garden. “I’m not a weight girl much.”
Jackman’s diet for the Marvel Comics franchise calls for limiting food intake to a period of eight hours every day while fasting the remaining 16 hours, according to the Oscar-nominated actress. However, she adds, “For eight hours in that day, you eat anything you want. They tell you not to binge, but you choose those eight hours.”
On the menu for Davis: “I’m a former ‘big girl’, and I like the fat burgers, the turkey fat burgers and the ‘skinny’ fries,” she says. “That being said, I eat a lot of low-carb pasta.”
Her extreme diet may be running its course on her body, but it’s not affecting her emotions.
“I’m not a cranky person,” she says. “I’m one of those people that will wake up in the middle of the night and dig through my drawer for some candy – and put it in my mouth and chew it as I go back to sleep.”
I had to defend myself as an artist, but I found myself defending myself as a dark-skinned black woman in front of people who did not know my life. I took my wig off because I no longer wanted to apologize for who I am. There is not one woman in America who does not care about her hair, But we give it too much value. We deprive ourselves of things, we use it to destroy each other, we’ll look at a child and judge a mother and her sense of motherhood by the way the child’s hair looks. I am not going to traumatize my child about her hair. I want her to love her hair.