Article taken from ET.

Viola Davisknows her worth. The 54-year-old Oscar winner, who is known for her roles inHow to Get Away With Murder, Fences, Doubt,The Help,and more, is making headlines thanks to a newly resurfaced interview from 2018 thats going viral. During the interview, Davis explains that being a Black woman means she has to work even harder than her white counterparts in Hollywood.

We get probably a tenth of what a Caucasian woman gets and Im number one on the call sheet, Davis said of Black actors during the Women in the World L.A. Salon interview. And then I have to go in and I have to hustle for my worth.

Listing her credentials, Davis continued, I have more than a 30-year professional career I got the Oscar, I got the Emmy, I got the two Tonys, Ive done Broadway, Ive done off-Broadway, Ive done TV, Ive done film. Ive done all of it. I have a career thats probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver.

She added that top white actresses have had the same path as me, but noted, Yet I am no where near them, not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, no where close to it.

Davis said she has to constantly get on that phone to fight for her worth.

People say, Youre a Black Meryl Streep. You are and we love you. There is no one like you,’ she continued. OK, if theres no one like me, you think Im like that, you pay me what Im worth. You give me what Im worth.

And worth doesnt just apply to salary in Davis eyes. She also wants complex parts.

Because when I delve into a role, I want something complicated too, she said. I want to build the most complicated human being, but what I get is the third girl from the left.

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