She’s opening up doors for all the young Black girls, and we love to see it!
Viola Davis is an Academy Award-winning icon who’s made her mark in the industry from her memorable on-screen performances, and it’s clear to see that there’s so much more to know about her success story.
If you didn’t know, last week Netflix released Oprah’s exclusive interview with the soon-to-be author, and she talked about her upcoming memoir Finding Me. Here’s what we learned from it:
The pandemic encouraged Viola to write her memoir after feeling disconnected from the world.
Viola had an awful time at school, and remembered other classmates throwing bricks at her.
At the age of 14 Viola decided that she was going to be an actor.
But Viola nearly went into teaching because she needed a stable pay check.
After launching her career as a stage actor, Viola opened up about struggling with imposter syndrome.
Viola recalled that she and her sister Deloris struggled with hygiene and would sometimes go to school dirty, due to poverty and neglect.
While in school, Viola’s principal Ann Prosser gave Viola and her sister clothes.
Viola spoke about the defying moment she stood up to her father when he was abusing her mother.
But she later learned to forgive her father, and grew a close bond with him before he died.
Viola described her role as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder as powerful, liberating, and life-changing.
She prayed to find a husband, then less than a month later, Julius Tennon showed up and invited her to church.
The couple adopted their daughter Genesis, and told Oprah that it changed her as a woman.
And finally, in “owning her story” Viola found self love.
You can watch Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event on Netflix now.