A-list actress Viola Davis and political power-player Stacey Abrams are both titans in their own fields.
And the pair of high-profile women talked about their responsibility to fight for a better world while in conversation for Variety’s Black Women Of Awards Season issue.
During the chat Viola, 55, explained how her awards season clout is just another avenue for advocacy, telling Stacey, 47: ‘It’s a platform. It’s another microphone. It’s another opportunity to open my mouth and speak a really fundamental truth about Hollywood and this business and, really, America.’
Viola, who has an Oscar for her role in 2016’s Fences, is earning rave reviews for her role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, an adaptation of the August Wilson play of the same name.
‘It was interesting to play a woman who has that inside of her, but that other part that says, “You may not see me, but I see me,”‘ Davis told Abrams of her character, a revered blues singer from the 1920s.
‘…It was a joy to play someone who was that emotionally free and Black,’ the How To Get Away With Murder star said of the role.