You might know Viola Davis from her brilliant work in How To Get Away With Murder, but before that show came along, she starred in the Academy Award-winning film, The Help.
Davis actually earned a Best Actress nomination for her role in the movie, but still, she regrets being involved.
During a recent Q&A with The New York Times, Davis was originally asked if she had passed on any great roles in the past. She said there were maybe one or two roles she wishes she would have accepted, and then flipped the question on its head.
“Almost a better question is, have I ever done roles that I’ve regretted? I have, and The Help is on that list. 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.”
She’s talked about this before. Last year, she talked about how she knew the movie would change her career, but she didn’t feel right about it…even from the beginning.
“I thought it was an important story, but I had a lot of issues with The Help. The anger, the vitriol, and the hatred that they would have towards these white women would have been vocalized. You didn’t see none of that! You saw Minny putting the s–t in the pie, but that was comedic in nature, so it’s an easier pill to swallow. These black women would hate these women.”
And she has a point. The movie made everyone feel too comfortable. You can’t really make a feel good movie about a subject that is fueled by hate, racism and pure evil.