Viola Davis Reveals a Director Called Her By His Maid’s Name, Speaks Out on Hollywood’s Slow Race Progress (Exclusive)
Viola Davis joined Variety and Kering at the Cannes Film Festival for a powerful Women In Motion conversation in which she revealed a director once called her by his maid’s name.
The Oscar and Emmy-winning actor was talking about Hollywood’s perception of Black actors and how the amount of roles she can play remains limited due to her skin color, even at her A-list stature.“I had a director who did that to me.
He said, ‘Louise!’ I knew him for 10 years and he called me Louise and I find out that it’s because his maid’s name is Louise,” Davis said.
“I was maybe around 30 at the time, so it was a while ago.
But what you have to realize is that those micro-aggressions happen all the time.”Davis won an Emmy for her leading role in “How to Get Away With Murder,” which was one
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