“How to Get Away with Murder” and “Widows” star Viola Davis covers the latest issue of Variety magazine photographed by Williams + Hirakawa.
On her character in “How to Get Away with Murder”: “She’s not realistic, but I don’t care about that,” explains Davis. “What I care about is every day they write something for her. They’ll write a love scene. They’ll say she’s pansexual. She’s an alcoholic.It’s a beautiful experiment in exploring the wide berth of humanity that we experience as African-Americans as opposed to doing yet another mother in the hood who is mourning the loss of her son.”
On her character in “Widows”: “This kind of role isn’t usually out there for a woman of color. People try to be too nice with women,” suggests Davis. “They keep them pretty. They keep them likable. They cater to male fantasies. They cater to the male gaze. This film didn’t do that.”
On pay gap in Hollywood: “There are no percentages to show the difference,” says Davis. “It’s vast. Hispanic women, Asian women, black women, we don’t get paid what Caucasian women get paid. We just don’t. We have the talent. It’s the opportunity that we’re lacking.”
[Photo Credit: Williams + Hirakawa/Variety Magazine]