August 1, 2004 |
When actress Viola Davis was first approached about starring in Lynn Nottage's new play, "Intimate Apparel," the timing was all wrong. Film and television commitments had temporarily nudged theater off the dance card for Davis, who'd won a 2001 Tony Award for her work in August Wilson's "King Hedley II." But Davis got another chance.
December 1, 2002 |
As a working actress, Viola Davis would like to get something off her chest: There are such things as small roles. "Sometimes, you just have to come in and deliver the pizza," she says. "Because I'm a firm believer that you have to fit into the grand scheme of the movie. It is your role, but you also play a part in the scheme of the whole picture, and you have to understand what your role is in that." The 37-year-old Juilliard-trained actor knows whereof she speaks.
June 13, 2010 |
The recent parade of Hollywood stars on Broadway has allowed theater critics to indulge in their two favorite pastimes — grousing and fawning. The hypocrisy is perfectly natural: Standards need to be upheld while luminaries are there to be adored. Yet pity the poor conflicted reviewer — committed to "The Theatuh" on the one hand, swept up in the tidal surge of celebrity charisma on the other. I've always maintained that a good actor is a good actor. But famous novices and returning legends need to choose their theatrical ventures wisely.
February 18, 2009
Marisa Tomei got lots of attention for taking off her clothes in "The Wrestler," and Penelope Cruz seems to be the critics' favorite to win for her role in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," but in the supporting actress category, everyone's got a shot at winning. Just look at Tomei, who came out of nowhere to win it in 1993. This year, it's still anybody's game -- Amy Adams, Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis, above, are all in the running. See our panelists' last-minute changes at TheEnvelope.
February 18, 2013 |
"I do suck fat. I will suck the fat off my steak," actress Alice Englert warns as she slides into a booth at Musso & Frank in Hollywood on a dreary, overcast day. "I just want to prepare you in advance that I'm known to be disgusting when I eat steak. " Alden Ehrenreich, her costar in the new film "Beautiful Creatures," is unfazed by her eagerness. Perhaps it's because after enduring a shoot involving sweltering, 90-degree Louisiana days, food poisoning and Southern accents, the two on-screen sweethearts have an easy familiarity.
August 6, 2004 |
In 1905 New York City, an African American seamstress spends hour after hour at a sewing machine to make gorgeous garments for her clients, while she wears plain, inexpensive clothes. "I been working since I was 9 years old," 35-year-old Esther Mills recalls, "with barely a day's rest." Down in Panama, George Armstrong risks death daily to help dig the canal that will become an engineering marvel and an economic engine.