Viola Davis Admits She Regrets Starring In ‘The Help’ For One Specific Reason

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Viola Davis Admits She Regrets Starring In ‘The Help’ For One Specific Reason

She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as a maid in the film.

Published September 12, 2018

Viola Davis is known for speaking candidly about her experiences in Hollywood, especially as it pertains to her art, and, most recently, she didn't shy away from this approach when discussing her time while filming The Help.

During a recent Q&A, the heavily decorated actress shared that she regrets her role in the Oscar-nominated film for one specific reason that many who have seen the film may resonate with, thoroughly.

Speaking with the New York Times at the Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday, Davis expounded on her regrets surrounding the role.

"Have I ever done roles that I've regretted? I have, and The Help is on that list," she said in response to a question submitted by a Times reader.

After stressing that her experience was completely positive in terms of her interactions with the film's cast and crew, she specified that her gripe is with the narrative.

"I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn't the voices of the maids that were heard," she continued. "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 was 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."

This isn't the first time Davis has critiqued the film. At a 2017 BAFTA event, she also shared her thoughts on its skewed perspective in a milder tone, saying, "I don't feel like it was from our perspective, that's the problem I had with it. I had it from the very beginning."

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)


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