Viola Davis is now one of the most acclaimed, celebrated actresses in Hollywood.
Most recognize her Academy Award-nominated turn in The Help as the first role to launch her into superstardom.
While she said she enjoyed working with director Tate Taylor and the relationships she made with her co-stars, Davis told The New York Times during Widows’ Toronto International Film Festival press: “I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard. I know Aibileen. I know Minny. They’re my grandma. They’re my mom. And I know that if you do a movie where the whole premise is, ‘I want to know what it feels like to work for white people and to bring up children in 1963,’ I want to hear how you really feel about it. I never heard that in the course of the movie.”
Upon the film’s release, it did receive criticism about having a white savior complex and not going deep into the stories of the black characters.
This fall, Davis stars in Widows, which just premiered at TIFF, and returns in the latest season of her ABC legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder.