August 2, 2021

Violas Davis, much more than the black Meryl Streep for her career

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    “I have won the Oscar. I have won an Emmy. I have two Tony Awards. I have worked on Broadway and off-Broadway. I have done television, movies. I have done everything. I have a career that is probably comparable to Meryl Streep’s. , Julianne Moore or Sigourney Weaver. She left Yale, Julliard, NYU. They have taken the same steps as me and yet I am not even close to them. Not what they charge, or their job opportunities I don’t get close. But I still have to put up with those phone calls where people say, ‘You’re the black Meryl Streep. You are and we love you. There is no one like you’. Okay, if there is no one like me, you think that I am, you pay me what I am worth. You give me what I’m worth “. These were the revealing words of Viola Davis during an interview she gave in 2018 during the Women of the World event.

    This speech made us want to reclaim her figure as an actress. Because as she reminds us, she has done everything. He has great titles behind him, he has won numerous awards of great relevance. Viola Davis is not the ‘black Meryl Streep’. Viola Davis is Viola Davis and her career speaks for itself. We review it.

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    Difficult childhood

    Viola had a really difficult childhood as she has recounted in several interviews. Poverty and hunger were his great enemies in his first years of life. He was born in 1965 in South Carolina but grew up in Rhode Island. He lived in a house where there was often no hot water or electricity and in which rats were the queens of the place. So much so that he slept with pieces of cloth around his neck and wrists to protect himself from his bites. When his family ran out of state aid and there was no money for food, he had no choice but to look for remains in the garbage so he could put something in his mouth.


    But it was her talent that brought her out of these humble beginnings. At the age of 26, he got a scholarship to study at the Julliard Conservatory of Arts in New York. His first steps in the world of acting were in theaters and later on television with small roles. In 1996 his first film work came in the film ‘The essence of fire’.

    Step by Step

    Later, other titles such as ‘Traffic’, ‘Kate and Leopold’, ‘Solaris’, ‘World Trade Center’ or ‘Disturbia’ were arriving. But the turning point came in 2008 with “The Doubt” for which she was nominated for the Oscar for best supporting actress for the first time. In this film she worked with Meryl Streep with whom she became a great friend.

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    From that moment, other roles have been arriving in different types of films such as The Shadow of Power, Night and Day, Maids and Ladies (with which her second Oscar nomination arrives, although this time as best leading actress), ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘ Fences’. This last film, directed and starring Denzel Washington, was the one with which he finally took the cat to the water in the form of a third nomination and finally winner of the Oscar for best supporting actress.

    All possible prizes

    Viola is a woman who has done everything and has won everything. It was consecutively raised in 2017 with the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and the Oscar. She was the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Drama for her starring role on the series ‘How to Stand Up to a Murderer.’ “The only thing that separates women of color from anything is opportunity.”he said in his thank you speech.

    In addition, she is the first African-American woman to have achieved 3 nominations in the history of the Oscars. She is also one of the lucky few who can boast the triple crown in the world of acting with the most relevant awards in film, television and theater: Oscar, Emmy and Tony. The remainder of his track record includes five Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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    It will be Michelle Obama

    In February we learned that one of his next roles will be neither more nor less than Michelle Obama in the series ‘First Ladies’ on the Showtime television channel and that it will show the personal and political life of some wives of the presidents of the United States such as Michelle or also Eleanor Roosevelt or Betty Ford. Davis will also serve as an executive producer on this fiction.

    Personal life

    He is also united with Michelle Obama by the importance that both give to the family. Since 2003 she has been married to actor and producer Julius Tennon. In 2011 they became parents by adopting their daughter Genesis. Together with her husband, she has created a production company that seeks to give leading roles to African-American actors and actresses who end racial stereotypes in movies and series.

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