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Viola Davis' Interview About Being Paid Less Than White Peers is Going Viral Again for Its Relevancy

One of Viola Davis‘ past interviews from two years ago is viral.

In the interview, the 54-year-old actress opens up about the difference in pay between white and black actresses, and how Hollywood often refers to as the “black Meryl Streep.”

“I got the Oscar, I got the Emmy, I got the two Tonys, I’ve done Broadway, I’ve done off-Broadway, I’ve done TV, I’ve done film, I’ve done all of it,” Viola says. “I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver. They all came out of Yale, they came out of Julliard, they came out of NYU. They had the same path as me, and yet I am nowhere near them, not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, nowhere close to it.”

Viola continues, “But I have to get on that phone and people say, ‘You’re a Black Meryl Streep…There is no one like you.’ Okay, then if there’s no one like me, you think I’m that, you pay me what I’m worth. You give me what I’m worth.”

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Meryl has a net worth of about $150 million, while Viola is worth $12 million.

If you missed it, it was announced that Viola will be playing this major public figure in an upcoming series!

'The Help' Goes #1 on Netflix, Even Though Viola Davis Regrets Starring in the Movie

The Help is currently the number one movie on Netflix and people are trying to convince viewers to not watch the film – a movie that Viola Davis admits she regrets doing.

Amid the protests around the country following the death of George Floyd, more and more people are streaming the movie and now it’s the most-watched film on Netflix.

The 2011 movie was a big hit at the box office and was even nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, but people are pointing out that it’s a “racial reconciliation” movie and there are other movies about race issues that are more appropriate to watch right now.

In a 2018 interview with The New York Times, Viola explained that she regrets starring in the film. She was asked if she ever passed on a role and regretted it. She replied, “Almost a better question is, have I ever done roles that I’ve regretted? I have, and The Help is on that list.”

“But not in terms of the experience and the people involved because they were all great. The friendships that I formed are ones that I’m going to have for the rest of my life. I had a great experience with these other actresses, who are extraordinary human beings. And I could not ask for a better collaborator than Tate Taylor,” she added. “I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard. I know Aibileen. I know Minny. They’re my grandma. They’re my mom. And I know that if you do a movie where the whole premise is, I want to know what it feels like to work for white people and to bring up children in 1963, I want to hear how you really feel about it. I never heard that in the course of the movie.”

For her performance in the movie, Viola was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA Award. She also won two SAG Awards, a BET Award, and two Critics’ Choice Awards.

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'How to Get Away With Murder' Finale Spoilers: Who Died? Is Wes Really Alive?

SPOILER ALERT – This post has major spoilers for How to Get Away with Murder, so beware of reading any further.

The series finale episode of How to Get Away With Murder just aired and considering that the penultimate episode was titled “Annalise Keating Is Dead,” you can assume one thing that happened. It might not have happened the way you expected though.

There were some twists and turns that took place in the series finale and the episode ended up being a bloodbath with several major characters being killed off.

Click inside to find out what happened on the finale… More Here! »

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Brad Pitt, Viola Davis, Melissa McCarthy & More Team Up With Property Brothers For New Show 'Celebrity IOU'

Brad Pitt has teamed up with Property Brothers for their brand new HGTV show, Celebrity IOU.

Drew and Jonathan Scott have six big name celebs that they’re working with for the new series, which sees the twins team up with famous guests to work on special renovations for people in said guests’ lives.

Each episode will focus on a different celebrity guest and end with a surprise reveal of their renovation.

Brad, Viola Davis, Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson, Michael Buble and Jeremy Renner will also be featured on the show.

“Jean’s [Black] been with him for over 30 years. This is somebody who’s been with him through thick and thin,” Jonathan said of Brad‘s makeup artist. Drew adding, “When you see them together, it’s almost like two kids, really funny together.”

Jonathan also fondly remembered Melissa‘s episode, who is “so funny during demolition as well. There is nothing she would back away from.”

Celebrity IOU will premiere on Monday, April 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.

It was recently revealed why Brad skipped the BAFTAs.

Helen Mirren & Viola Davis Team Up To Promote L'Oreal Paris's Age Perfection Collection

Helen Mirren leans on Viola Davis in this cute pic from the L’Oreal Paris’s Age Perfect Cosmetics Launch on Tuesday (March 3) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The two brand ambassadors spoke on a panel to press about beauty and their own makeup, and beauty regimes, while promoting the brand.

“All my life I’ve been looking at 16-year-old girls selling beauty, so I think it’s fabulous that they’re using a 70-year-old woman to sell products to other 60 to 80-year-old women,” Helen shared on the panel.

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Viola and Helen‘s co-brand ambassador Kat Graham was also at the event, and had a couple of cute moments with her mom, Natasha, at the event.

45+ pictures inside of Helen Mirren, Viola Davis and Kat Graham at the L’Oreal Paris event

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Viola Davis Joins 'How to Get Away With Murder' Cast at Series Wrap Party!

Viola Davis is celebrating the end of an era!

The Emmy Award-winning actress was in attendance alongside cast and crew at the How To Get Away With Murder series production wrap party on Saturday (February 8) at Yamashiro in Hollywood, Calif.

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Viola joined creator and executive producer Pete Nowalk and executive producers Shonda Rhimes, Betsey Beers and Stephen Cragg at the celebration.

Billy Brown, Karla Souza, Aja Naomi King, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil, Rome Flynn, Amirah Vann, Conrad Ricamora, Matt McGorry, Jack Falahee and Alfred Enoch were all in attendance to celebrate the show’s series finale.

Viola has an exciting new Netflix movie coming with another A-list star. Find out more details!

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Viola Davis, McKenna Grace, & Allison Janney Step Out for 'Troop Zero' Premiere!

Viola Davis, McKenna Grace, and Allison Janney attend the premiere of their new movie Troop Zero on Monday night (January 13) at the Pacific Theatres at The Grove in Los Angeles.

Fellow cast members at the event included Jim Gaffigan, Milan Ray, Charlie Shotwell, Johanna Colon, and Bella Higginbotham.

Viola also brought along 8-year-old daughter Genesis Tennon.

Here’s the movie’s synopsis: A group of elementary-school misfits led by spunky outcast Christmas Flint (Grace) join forces to infiltrate the high-and-mighty Birdie Scouts youth group in order to win a talent show.

Troop Zero will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video starting on Friday, January 17.

FYI: Allison is wearing Sylva & Cie jewelry.

20+ pictures inside of the Troop Zero cast at the premiere…More Here! »

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