Viola Davis‘ British fans were elated when she touched down in the United Kingdom to spread the word about her new movie ‘Fences’.
While there, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosted a tribute to the actress to honour her life, the lessons she has learned from it, her craft and her career.
Of course, a conversation with Davis wouldn’t be a real one without a discussion on ‘The Help’.
Her feelings on it are mixed.
Find out below…
I absolutely love the premise. I love the fact that [Emma Stone’s character] said ‘I am going to write a story from the maids’ perspective of what it feels like to work with these white women’. Operative term meaning the maids’ perspective. I don’t feel like it was from our perspective, that’s the problem I had with it. I had it from the very beginning.
The anger, the vitriol, and the hatred that they would have towards these white women if they were asked, if they were put in a situation where they were isolated, would have been vocalized. You didn’t see none of that!
That’s the issue I have with a lot of our stories. By the time … it makes it to the screen, the truth is so filtered down, and then it’s given to you to make you feel very comfortable. It’s not our job to make you feel comfortable, it really isn’t. If you feel comfortable, then that is your journey, and your cross to bear. That is the beauty of art, the beauty of art is that we throw it to you, you receive it, and if you shift in some way, [then] we’ve done our job.