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

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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

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