Archive for the 'Interviews' Category

Jennifer Hudson + Viola Davis Talk ‘Respect,’ Aretha Franklin + Acting Process

December 27, 2021   No Comment   Interviews, Videos

It’s no small feat to play a cultural figure as towering and iconic as Aretha Franklin. But with Jennifer Hudson in their corner, “Respect” director Liesl Tommy and screenwriter Tracey Scott Wilson were in good hands. The film traces Franklin’s upbringing as a Detroit minister’s daughter profoundly impacted by familial tragedy, on through to an […]


Sandra Bullock and Viola Davis Discuss Their Emotional Scene in The Unforgivable

December 2, 2021   No Comment   Articles, Interviews

In their new drama The Unforgivable, the Oscar winners share a powerful scene together that touches on white privilege. As star and producer of the new drama The Unforgivable, Sandra Bullock was an integral part of the film’s casting process and happily admits that she and her fellow producers chased after Viola Davis for a small but pivotal role in the […]


How Viola Davis’ Prediabetes Diagnosis Inspired Her to Help Others

September 25, 2021   No Comment   Articles, Interviews

You might know Viola Davis from one of her iconic films, or her impressive producing repertoire. One thing you might not know about the A list celeb is that she was diagnosed with prediabetes. In fact, roughly one third of American adults have prediabetes and might not even know it. Prediabetes reflects an elevated blood sugar level […]


Viola Davis on ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ and Black Artists Being the ‘Leftovers’ In Hollywood

April 16, 2021   No Comment   Articles, Interviews

As accomplished as Academy Award winner Viola Davis is in the industry, she still feels the unfair comparisons and judgments for the roles she chooses. “It’s so hard to get films made that don’t fit a certain box of how they see us,” Davis tells Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast. “Inclusivity cannot be a hashtag. You’ve […]


Viola Davis’s Key Beauty Secret: “At Some Point, It’s Not Conceited and It’s Not Egotistical to Love Oneself”

Viola Davis is obsessed with taking baths. She’s so obsessed, in fact, that the L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman applies her entire nighttime skin care routine while soaking. She tells me this casually while on the phone just two weeks before the 2021 Oscars, where she’s up for Best Actress for her role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Though […]


Actress Viola Davis On The Beauty Of Aging And The Importance Of Apologizing To Her Daughter

The name Viola Davis is synonymous with incomparable talent, wisdom that can’t be measured, and of course, great skin. So it’s only right that the star is the latest face of beauty brand powerhouse, L’Oréal, joining its long list of celebrity ambassadors that are declaring “you’re worth it.” ESSENCE was able to (virtually) sit down with the […]


Regina King, Viola Davis, and Chloé Zhao Ask Each Other Burning Questions

April 9, 2021   No Comment   Interviews, Videos

Regina King, Viola Davis, and Chloé Zhao took time during their cover shoots to ask each other questions. While Davis reveals to King what situation she’d “consider to be the most miserable experience,” King tells Zhao about her search for actors with a command presence, and Zhao closes the loop by explaining to Davis how […]


With her record-breaking Best Actress nod, Viola Davis proves she’s Oscar royalty

Davis’ performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom cements her as the most Oscar-nominated Black actress ever. All she wanted was a Coca-Cola. In one of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom‘s most telling scenes, the titular singer — played with fierce, queenly self-possession by Viola Davis — demands a cold soda from the white producers so eager to harness her sound on a […]


NAACP Image Awards Interview with Variety

March 31, 2021   No Comment   Awards, Interviews, Videos

NAACP Image awards winner shares advice to those starting out in Hollywood and also reveals what it was like meeting Former First Lady Michelle Obama after agreeing to play her for the series “The First Lady.”


Viola on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

March 31, 2021   No Comment   Interviews, Videos

Viola Davis talks about her film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, her role in the upcoming film The Suicide Squad and how she feels about playing Michelle Obama in an upcoming series.