Viola Davis on proving herself and regrets about The Help

Actress Viola Davis, who stars in the new crime drama Widows, says feeling like she is the great black female hope for women of colour while struggling in her own life has been a challenge.
Actress Viola Davis, who stars in the new crime drama Widows, says feeling like she is the great black female hope for women of colour while struggling in her own life has been a challenge.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

TORONTO • Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis is the star of the new crime drama Widows, which debuted at the recent Toronto International Film Festival and will be in American theatres on Nov 16.

The New York Times sat down with Davis at the Ritz-Carlton to ask her questions from readers. They wanted to know about past roles, challenges and regrets, and she spoke about what the movie The Help (2011) lacked and how Widows made her feel vulnerable.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2018, with the headline 'Davis on proving herself and regrets about The Help'. Print Edition | Subscribe