Viola Davis is do not ugly.
The Oscar, Tony and Emmy winner has revealed an anonymous filmmaker – a friend of nearly a decade – mistakenly called her by the name of his maid .
“He called me Louise – and I found out it was because his maid’s name was Louise,” Davis, 56, said during Thursday’s “Women in Motion” event at the Festival. of Cannes.
The diss fell when the now revered star of “The First Lady” was just getting started in the movie world. Davis added that this was not an isolated incident, but the kind of disturbing event that has happened on multiple occasions.
“I had known him for 10 years,” said Davis, dressed in a scarlet suit. “I was maybe around 30 at the time, so that was a while ago – but what you have to realize is that these microaggressions happen all the time.”
The star – who earned an Oscar nomination for playing a maid in 2011’s ‘The Help’, a role Davis said he regrets taking on – also explained how race usually plays a role in projects which are not offered. “A lot of it is race-based. It really is,” she said.
“Let’s be honest. If I had the same features and was five shades lighter, it would just be a little bit different,” Davis told the industry outlet. , blue eyes and even a wide nose, it would even be a little different than it is now.”
The ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ alum continued, “We could talk about colorism. We could talk about race. It pisses me off and it broke my heart — on a number of projects, which I will not name.
However, the South Carolina native was asked if her Emmy turn as lawyer Annalize Keating on the Shonda Rhimes-produced drama opened doors for actresses of color.
“Yes,” she said, then paused, adding, “I hope so.”
She continued, “I know when I left ‘How To Get Away With Murder,’ I don’t see a lot of dark-skinned women in lead roles on TV and not even on streaming services.”
“And that’s tied into ideology and ethos and mentality, and it speaks in the abstract. Why don’t you hire a dark-skinned woman when she walks into the room and you say she blows your mind?” she wondered. “Create space and storytelling for her, so when she thrives, it does not thrive in spite of its situation but thrives because of its situation.”