Viola Davis Reacts to Julia Roberts’ Remarks, Brings Elle Crowd to Their Feet
There is a remake in the works of Steel Magnolia’s with an all-black cast, and Julia told E! News that she approves, but says Viola needs to be in it.
“Oh Julia! That’s the first time I heard that,” Davis reacted with a genuine and surprised smile. “That woman is truly remarkable. Oh man, that is great. I would want the Sally Field role.”
“What keeps me in the business is hope, and that’s the hope that women of color are also part of the narrative…I’m sending a telepathic message to you: Every time some young actress of color comes in a room with a character they’re auditioning for that’s not ethnically specific, that you have a space in your brain that can open up and embrace them and allow them in, because I’m telling you, their lives are just as fascinating and multifaceted.”
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