(by the correspondent Alessandra Magliaro) (ANSA) - CANNES, 19 MAY - Viola Davis is charismatic and inspiring, aware of her role for female empowerment and for the social integration of the black community in Hollywood as an activist of Black Live Matters.
Her very presence, physicality, communicative nature make her a special woman.
56, winner of an Oscar in 2017 (best supporting actress for "Fences" opposite Denzel Washington), three other nominations, including the recent one for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", dozens of awards in a long career, including Emmys, Golden Globe and two Tony Awards, Viola Davis looks straight at the interlocutor and admits "I am a survivor, a survivor of the many no's I received as a black girl, but I always fought, I always fight. There is value in anger. There is value in anger.
In Cannes she receives the 2022 Women In Motion award established by the Kering Group with the festival to promote the creative contribution of women in the arts and change.
And she tells varianeddoti to explain how against Hollywood's racism, sexism and 'colourism' things have changed but not enough yet.
"We need to start encouraging the storytelling of people on the periphery of the system. Streaming services have opened a door for communities long excluded from Hollywood," he said, "but more imagination is needed for black roles. She currently plays Michelle Obama in the television series" The First Lady. "," but I still don't see many dark-skinned women in important roles on TV, not even in streaming services. "One of the episodes told gives the dimension, I said, of reality."
A director I had known for some time once called me Louise repeatedly on set.
Do you know why?
It was the name of his waitress ". (ANSA).