She's not 'the black Meryl Streep' and Viola Davis expects to be treated like any white actress

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom star, Viola Davis. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for L'Oréal Paris )
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom star, Viola Davis. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for L'Oréal Paris )

Viola Davis insists the "lack of access to opportunities" for Black actresses is "huge" as she demands change across the entertainment industry. 

During an interview, the 55-year-old Oscar winner compared the disparity to eating a full meal instead of just the leftovers, expressing; “I want and I expect to get the same fillet mignon that the white actresses get, cooked at the exact same temperature.” 

“You cannot throw me a bone with a very little nice piece on it and [assume] that’s good enough for me,” she adds. 

The How to Get Away With Murder star, who can be seen as the title blues singer in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at the end of the year, went on to say that she fully expects change.  

She smiled, saying “I’m trying to lift my hopes up even if it takes a little bit of vodka. If we don’t move forward together, then we don’t move forward.”

Compiled by Afika Jadezweni

Follow us on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram

Sign up to W24’s newsletters so you don't miss out on any of our stories and giveaways. 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are you most looking forward to buying this Black Friday?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
It looks like the pandemic is still far from over, so more loungewear
17% - 22 votes
The lockdown has made me want to invest more in homeware and furniture, so I'll be adding those to my Black Friday cart
28% - 35 votes
I'm going to use it to get a headstart on Christmas gifting
36% - 46 votes
Footwear is all about comfort this year, so definitely sneakers
13% - 16 votes
It's a good time to get discounted wigs and other beauty essentials
6% - 8 votes
Vote