One of Viola Davis‘ past interviews from two years ago is viral.
In the interview, the 54-year-old actress opens up about the difference in pay between white and black actresses, and how Hollywood often refers to as the “black Meryl Streep .”
“I got the Oscar, I got the Emmy, I got the two Tonys, I’ve done Broadway, I’ve done off-Broadway, I’ve done TV, I’ve done film, I’ve done all of it,” Viola says. “I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver. They all came out of Yale, they came out of Julliard, they came out of NYU. They had the same path as me, and yet I am nowhere near them, not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, nowhere close to it.”
Viola continues, “But I have to get on that phone and people say, ‘You’re a Black Meryl Streep…There is no one like you.’ Okay, then if there’s no one like me, you think I’m that, you pay me what I’m worth. You give me what I’m worth.”
If you missed it, it was announced that Viola will be playing this major public figure in an upcoming series!