Viola Davis, for the most part, is very honest when it comes to her experiences in the entertainment industry, especially regarding her career as an actress.
Recently, the actress once again got candid during a Question and Answer session, where she divulged on her role in The Help, and how she may have done things differently.
When speaking with the New York Times at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, the star revealed that she actually regrets partaking in The Help, for one crucial reason.
When asked if she had ever done a role she regretted, Viola said, “I have, and The Help is on that list.” While she praised the people she worked with, the actress said she would’ve like to have the voices of the maids heard a little more.
“I just felt that at the end of the day, that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard,” the actress explained, and she added that it would’ve been more interesting to demonstrate, from the perspective of the maids, what it was like to raise children and work for white people in 1963.
As fans of Davis know, she has taken The Help to task before. During a BAFTA event in 2017, Viola said repeated the same sentiments, adding that it wasn’t from “our perspective.”
Viola said, “that’s the problem I had with it. I had it from the very beginning.” While it’s perfectly ok for Viola to criticize prior projects, if she isn’t careful, she might end up shooting herself in the foot like other entertainers.
For instance, Katherine Heigel famously criticized the writers on Grey’s Anatomy, as well as Judd Apatow, who directed and wrote, Knocked Up, leading to her name getting blackballed in Hollywood. Since then, she has had very few significant roles, and many people speculate her controversial comments were the reason.