Viola Davis Quotes About Time, Dysfunction, Art, Power

Viola Davis Quotes About Time, Dysfunction, Art, Power

Viola Davis Quotes

Viola Davis Quotes:

Acting came from growing up in dysfunction. I mean, a lot of great times, but a lot of dysfunction.

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Acting is not rocket science, but it is an art form. What you are doing is illuminating humanity. Or not.

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And that’s what people want to see when they go to the theater. I believe at the end of the day, they want to see themselves – parts of their lives they can recognize. And I feel if I can achieve that, it’s pretty spectacular.

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August Wilson is the one writer that writes about men like my father, who had a fifth grade education, who was a janitor at McDonald’s.

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Because I grew up in such tight spaces, I don’t get manicures, pedicures. I’m not into cars, but I am into a fabulous house. I wanted the spiral staircase, clean sheets on the bed, to be able to take a shower.

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Can I just tell you, I think it’s the most beautiful thing about young people today, it gives me so much hope for the future, that they don’t really recognize race the way my generation does.

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He is a regular guy who absolutely is not attracted to his own celebrity. He’s a jokester, a little rough around the edges, with great heart and compassion; he loves his family. I feel very comfortable with him. I don’t see ‘Denzel Washington Star’; I just see Denzel.

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Viola Davis with Husband
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I always talk to all the crew. I always make it pleasant. I always nurture a relationship that makes people feel like they’re important, like they’re a part of the collaboration. I feel that way about the young actors on set. I don’t talk to them like I’m the mentor; I talk to them like they’re my peers. And I learned that from Meryl Streep.

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I did everything to get food. I have stolen for food. I have jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food. I have befriended people in the neighborhood who I knew had mothers who cooked three meals a day for food, and I sacrificed a childhood for food and grew up in immense shame.

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I do believe that there are African Americans who have thick accents. My mom has a thick accent; my relatives have thick accents. But sometimes you have to adjust when you go into the world of film, TV, theatre, in order to make it accessible to people.

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I don’t know how I got a great husband. I mean, God just blessed me with that one. Because – trust me – before him, I was not making good choices. So I was just absolutely blessed. I just prayed for that man He’s my secret weapon because he’s so gregarious, and he’s so filled with joy. Me? I can sometimes be more cynical, and I’m very shy.

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I feel that confidence in women – especially young girls of color – but women, in general, is so important. It is so important for us to arm ourselves and become powerful at a very young age.

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I know I’m not the best, but I’m proud of myself.

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I know that love is real when it’s not convenient, when it’s not selfish, when it’s challenged, sometimes even if it’s not reciprocated.

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I look back on those early days in the theater like the beginning of a love affair, when you’re totally in love with the work, and that’s all there is.

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I reserve the right to be a mess and completely unlikable.

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I suffered from low self-esteem for much of my life. And now to feel like maybe something that I’m projecting or saying could mean something to someone means a lot to me.

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I tell my daughter every morning, ‘Now, what are the two most important parts of you?’ And she says, ‘My head and my heart.’ Because that’s what I’ve learned in the foxhole: What gets you through life is strength of character and strength of spirit and love.

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I think I’ve lived long enough to understand that plans really are very overrated.

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I think many women are successful in their professional lives – they are making the money and all that – but in their personal lives are a complete mess, because they haven’t paid any attention to it, because they spent all of their time being successful.

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I think sometimes what people miss about black people is that we’re complicated, that we are indeed messy, that we do our best with what we’ve been given. We come into the world exactly like you. It’s just that there are circumstances in the culture that are dictated and put on our lives that we have to fight against.

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I think tapping into one’s power and one’s potential is a very frightening thing.

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I truly believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

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I was bullied at school. The black girl in Central Falls, Rhode Island, in 1973. There’d be 8 or 10 boys; I would count them as I was running.

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I worked in television; I’m the Failed Pilot Queen, I’ve done so many television shows, pilots, theater … when you do it for so long, I’m telling you, you get to the point where it becomes varied because you take what’s available for a number of reasons. It’s just an occupational hazard.

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I would like to say that I’m a walking poster board for feminism and women’s liberation, but there are things that I do in my life that deeply, deeply fall short of being a statement for being a strong woman. I am flawed as much as anyone else.

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If I have to be at work at five A.M., I will get up at three and work out. I run. I do weights. I’m very toned. I’m like every other woman. I’d love to be 10 pounds or 20 pounds lighter. If I’m not, I’m OK with that, too. I’m good as long as I’m healthy.

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I’m in the business of creating human beings.

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In life, you know, they do this in focus groups; if you were in such and such circumstance, what would you do? Well, you never know what you’re going do unless you’re faced with it.

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I’ve had to sink my teeth into a role that was probably a fried-chicken dinner and make it into a filet mignon.

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