TOP 10 BEST VIOLA DAVIS QUOTES

People call me a theater actor, but I’m just an actor. But I tell my friends all the time – especially a lot that do theater and haven’t done a lot of TV/film – that you have so much more control over your work onstage. When you go onstage, you can really see the difference between people who can really do it, and people who are just kind of pretending to do it. There is no editor, there’s nothing that’s going to stop the actor from showing what they can do unless it’s not a well-written role.

— Viola Davis

 

In film, it’s up to the director to tell the story in whatever way he sees fit, and however you fit into that ultimate vision is where you fit in. So what you did on that stage, on that set, may not be what you ultimately see when you see the final product. And TV works so fast, it works so fast, it’s just about product. The average TV show, one episode shoots eight, 10 days. That’s it. You get three or four takes for a scene, and then it’s over. But people do it for the money.

— Viola Davis

 

When you’re working as an actor, you don’t think that when you get out of school, it’s going to be so hard to get a job. Just to get a job. Any job. Whatsoever. You don’t think that people are going to see you in a certain way. Uta Hagen said this, “In my life, I see myself as just this, you know, kind of flamboyant, kind of sexy middle-aged woman. And then I see myself onscreen, and I go ‘Oh my God.'” And it’s the same thing with me. I didn’t see myself any different from my white counterparts in school. I just didn’t!

— Viola Davis

 

Ordinary people who are just kind of just going about their lives are transformed into heroes because they have the courage to put their voices out there. And I think that’s a powerful message in this time of political strife.

— Viola Davis

 

When I go home, I am a slug. I want to do everything completely opposite of what I do on the red carpet. I like to take off all my makeup, put on a t-shirt, be completely unassuming and just do stuff with my husband and my daughter.

— Viola Davis

 

Recognition has brought me more work, because your name suddenly comes to mind when some directors are trying to cast a character. And my stage work has specifically enabled people to have faith that I can handle a role, even when it’s not specifically written for an African-American. So, I’d have to say that recognition brings work. A successful movie brings more work, and that been the biggest blessing.

— Viola Davis

 

I get so excited when my daughter says something new, which she is doing every day. I can leave the house for a few hours, come back and meet a totally different person. That’s very exciting to me.

— Viola Davis

 

Do the work. Create the character, don’t wing it and don’t hope for an award or the Red Carpet. At the end of day the people who stay in the line the longest are the people who are good.

— Viola Davis

 

I think sometimes you have to see a physical manifestation of your dream. Otherwise you have to hope, pray and try to conjure something in your mind to feel like it’s possible.

— Viola Davis

 

You have to understand being an actress, and being an African American actress of a certain hue, I think that you have to be bold with your choices. Even when you’re not bold with your choices, have people see it as bold.

— Viola Davis

 

You have two stark choices when you find yourself in a really desperate situation. You can either fold and cave-in to it or you can become really passionate about getting out of it. When you’re really passionate, you’re going to grab hold of every rope you see, and wrap them around your arms and legs to claw your way out. And that’s the way I’ve felt in my life.

— Viola Davis

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