Fresh off of her SAG Award win for best actress in a TV drama, Viola Davis was asked about Hollywood’s diversity problem backstage at the show.
“We have become a society of trending topics. Diversity is not a trending topic. It’s just not,” said Davis. “I’ve never put any limitations on myself. I see myself as an actor. … No matter what is going on in the business, I will find a way to practice my art. And all of the actors of color that I know don’t place any limitations on themselves either. So regardless of way is going on with the Academy — regardless of what is going on in Hollywood — they will find a way to be excellent. We always have and we always will.” She went on to say that she thinks being open to everyone’s stories is more important than boycotting the Oscars. “I think people should do want to do with the Oscars. If they want to watch, that’s fine. If they don’t, that’s fine, too. I think sometimes people feel like stories about people of color are not inclusive. They are very much inclusive. The stories of August Wilson, which pretty much made my career, is everyone’s story. So I’m just saying, plop your money down to see Dope, to see Straight Outta Compton, to support directors like Ava DuVernay, Lee Daniels, Spike Lee. Their stories are just valid and important as anyone else’s. [What’s] important than boycotting is openness.”
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