Top 70 Viola Davis Quotes

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Sometimes you take a job for the money, sometimes you t

Sometimes you take a job for the money, sometimes you take it for the location, sometimes you take it for the script; there are just a number of reasons, and ultimately what you see is the whole landscape of it. But I can tell you from behind the scenes – that’s what it is, as an actor.
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I suffered from low self-esteem for much of my life. And now to feel like maybe something that I’m projecting or saying could mean something to someone means a lot to me.
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I heard about the book and I said, ‘Oh my god, I’ve got to read this book,’ and I didn’t know that a white woman wrote it. Nobody said that to me, they just said, ‘The Help – Oh my god, you’ve got to read it.’ Everyone failed to mention it was a white woman, I think, because nobody really wants to talk about race.
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I’m in the business of creating human beings.
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And that’s what people want to see when they go to the theater. I believe at the end of the day, they want to see themselves – parts of their lives they can recognize. And I feel if I can achieve that, it’s pretty spectacular.
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I played several maids in my career. I was tired of the maid after ‘Far From Heaven.’ I said, no more maids. Until I realized how difficult it was to get a role other than a maid, sometimes, in Hollywood, and sometimes you have to choose your battles, for lack of a better term.
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August Wilson is the one writer that writes about men like my father, who had a fifth grade education, who was a janitor at McDonald’s.
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I didn’t aspire to be just a celebrity; I aspired to be an actress… I always wanted to be respected as someone who knew their craft.
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I truly believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
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To the predators… Weinstein, the stranger, the relative, the boyfriend… I say to you, ‘You can choose your sin but you don’t get to choose the consequences.’ To the victims… I see you. I believe you… and I’m listening.
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I worked in television; I’m the Failed Pilot Queen, I’ve done so many television shows, pilots, theater … when you do it for so long, I’m telling you, you get to the point where it becomes varied because you take what’s available for a number of reasons. It’s just an occupational hazard.
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I was bullied at school. The black girl in Central Falls, Rhode Island, in 1973. There’d be 8 or 10 boys; I would count them as I was running.
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It feels like my hard work has paid off, but at the same time, I still have the impostor, you know, syndrome. I still feel like I’m going to wake up, and everybody’s going to see me for the hack I am.
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People don’t understand that when you come into any theatrical experience, you’ve got to come locked and loaded, that you’re a part of the experience, too. You can’t come with your arms crossed. Be open to it.
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Because I grew up in such tight spaces, I don’t get manicures, pedicures. I’m not into cars, but I am into a fabulous house. I wanted the spiral staircase, clean sheets on the bed, to be able to take a shower.
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If it were just a dream to be famous, then I probably would have died a really quick death, because there is nothing about me that equals fame. I’m not a standup comedian. I don’t sing.
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I feel that confidence in women – especially young girls of color – but women, in general, is so important. It is so important for us to arm ourselves and become powerful at a very young age.
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When you’re poor, you are invisible. Every poor person will tell you nobody sees you. So being famous was me just wanting to be seen.
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As an actor, every opportunity, every role, everything that I do is an opportunity to have someone have a human experience with my work. I don’t just want it to be about a cute wardrobe and a high paycheck.
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I think tapping into one’s power and one’s potential is a very frightening thing.
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I would like to say that I’m a walking poster board for feminism and women’s liberation, but there are things that I do in my life that deeply, deeply fall short of being a statement for being a strong woman. I am flawed as much as anyone else.
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I was the kind of poor where I knew right away I had less than everyone around me. Our environment, our physical space reflected our income.
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I cannot believe my life. I just can’t. I’m so blessed.
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When people come into the theater, whether it’s the screen or the stage, they’ve gotta be transported and transformed.
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I reserve the right to be a mess and completely unlikable.
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I love Wal-Mart. You can put that down. I love Wal-Mart. My husband and I hang out there.
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I definitely have a happy marriage and family life.
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I have had issues in the past with the characters and the limitations of the characters and the structure of the narratives given to me as a woman of color.
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We didn’t have money all the time to do laundry. A lot of the time, we didn’t have soap or hot water. We were smart kids academically, but we’d go to school smelling.
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Well, first of all, you read the script a million times. Because what the script gives you are given circumstances. Given circumstances are all the facts of your character.
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I know I’m not the best, but I’m proud of myself.
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When you grow up poor, you dream of just having a hom,

When you grow up poor, you dream of just having a hom, and a bed that’s clean – that’s a sanctuary. Having a really great husband, a child who’s healthy and happy and brings me joy – all of that has been my dream.
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I always feel terrified whenever I put my work out there to be seen, to be scrutinized. I think it’s a very vulnerable thing that we are asked to do.
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I have been down and out, living in Brooklyn, no money even for a subway, no food whatsoever. Like, I remember just sitting in my room all day – even my television wasn’t working!
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There’s got to be a voice deep within you that is untouched by definitions. And it is there that you become divinely who you are.
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I think I’ve lived long enough to understand that plans really are very overrated.
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You have to have an unlimited imagination, an unlimited restraint on your inhibition when you’re working. You have to even dare to fail, even in a scene, whatever it is.
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I did everything to get food. I have stolen for food. I have jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food. I have befriended people in the neighborhood who I knew had mothers who cooked three meals a day for food, and I sacrificed a childhood for food and grew up in immense shame.
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Self-deprecation is not the answer to humility.
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He is a regular guy who absolutely is not attracted to his own celebrity. He’s a jokester, a little rough around the edges, with great heart and compassion; he loves his family. I feel very comfortable with him. I don’t see ‘Denzel Washington Star’; I just see Denzel.
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I feel the same way about Shondaland I feel about Africa and Greece. I feel pretty in both places. Men look at me like I’m a novelty, and women think I’m just cool. I feel absolutely at home immediately. I’m not altering myself to fit in. I’m walking in just as I am. And there are open arms stretched out to greet me.
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When you’re working as an actor, you don’t think that when you get out of school, it’s going to be so hard to get a job. Just to get a job. Any job. Whatsoever. You don’t think that people are going to see you in a certain way.
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Every job I’ve ever gotten has transformed me in some way as an actor.
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I live a fantastic life. Why should I complain about awards?
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Sometimes you see how humanity can rise above any kind of cultural ills and hate that a person’s capacity to love and communicate and forgive can be bigger than anything else.
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So many women characters are extensions of male fantasy.
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I just want different narratives for people of color, especially women of color. I just want something that’s different. I don’t want us to be put in a box. I want it to be kind of a redefinition of who were are. If I can even achieve that in a tiny way, I’ll be good. I’ll be good.
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I don’t know why directing is not something I’m interested in.
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I still feel like when I walk on the set, I’m starting from scratch, until I realize, ‘OK, I do know what I’m doing. I’m human.’
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My grandmother’s house was a one room shack.
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Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea Goes to Jail!’ Which, I have to tell you, of everything that I’ve ever done in my career, that’s the only thing that’s perked up the ears of my nieces and nephews. That is it, that’s done it for them. That made me a bona fide star in their eyes!
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I don’t care if someone is new to acting or experienced in acting: you always learn something from them. It’s just like people in life – whether they’re young or middle-aged or old, you always learn something from someone.
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When you see a parent pass, and you literally are there, and you’re sitting at that deathbed, man, and you have to tell them to go, it defines life for what it really is.
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The only picture I have of my childhood is the picture of me in kindergarten. I have this expression on my face – it’s not a smile, it’s not a frown. I swear to you, that’s the girl who wakes up in the morning and who looks around her house and her life saying, ‘I cannot believe how God has blessed me.’
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The reason I became an actress is because I wanted my acting to reflect life as it is. I want to put truth on the screen. I want real women to see real women on the screen.
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The big ‘Aha!’ moment is that the trauma never goes away.
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That’s always the biggest surprise when people meet me: how buoyant I am and how fun and light I am.
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I tell my daughter every morning, ‘Now, what are the two most important parts of you?’ And she says, ‘My head and my heart.’ Because that’s what I’ve learned in the foxhole: What gets you through life is strength of character and strength of spirit and love.
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I know that love is real when it’s not convenient, when it’s not selfish, when it’s challenged, sometimes even if it’s not reciprocated.
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I have been given a lot of roles that are downtrodden, mammy-ish. A lot of lawyers or doctors who have names but absolutely no lives. You’re going to get your three or four scenes; you’re not going to be able to show what you can do.
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And this is what was fascinating to me about ‘The Help’; they were ordinary people who did extraordinary things.
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Flashy characters are more entertaining to people because you get it. You don’t have to work to get someone who says what they mean and says what they think. They’re out there. It’s harder to play a quiet character because everything happens in their stream of consciousness.
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Can I just tell you, I think it's the most beautiful th

Can I just tell you, I think it’s the most beautiful thing about young people today, it gives me so much hope for the future, that they don’t really recognize race the way my generation does.
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This is the richest country in the world. There’s no reason kids should be going to school hungry. Food is something that everyone should have. It just is.
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Acting came from growing up in dysfunction. I mean, a lot of great times, but a lot of dysfunction.
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Your job as an actor is to piece together whatever you’ve learned in your training, or whatever you have experienced in your life, to piece together a person.
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I think that’s something that people feel that I do really well; I don’t mind it, because ultimately I think the characters I play move people, and who wouldn’t want to move people?
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When you are an actor, you are in the most powerless position in this business.
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People who are alone all the time never grow. Those hermits just stay the same. It’s only through relationships. Relationships change us and make us grow.
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I’m the journeyman actor that you saw in one scene here, two scenes there. I’ve been eking out a living doing theater – Broadway, Off Broadway – film supporting roles, that I’m just excited to be a part of the conversation.
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