Viola Davis is featured in the February 2012 issue of L.A. Times Magazine. She is an American actress, who was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, she is highly known for her role in the production of fences. Some of her films include Traffic, Solaris and The Help.
In the issue Viola talks her early acting ambitions:
“Even back when I was 11, I knew that Isabel Sanford from The Jeffersons came from the stage. I never watched the Oscars, but I watched the Tonys every year. I wanted to be onstage. I wanted to be like Colleen Dewhurst or Jane Alexander—one of those great ladies of the theater, doing Ibsen and Shakespeare.”
She also talks making a name for herself in Hollywood:
“You can be in the business for 23 years, which I have been, and suddenly something happens that wakes people up. For me, that was being in a movie with Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman,”Davis says of Doubt. “It makes people realize you’re there. Otherwise you’re that black girl who had a guest or costar role in a TV show here or there.”
Her new film Won’t Back Down releases September 28.