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.
January 23, 2009 |
It's been a big week. On Thursday, at an ungodly hour, the Academy Award nominations were announced. And two days earlier, there was some excitement on the East Coast as well. President Barack Obama was inaugurated on the Capitol steps, in front of a sea of people from every demographic. Viola Davis, a newly crowned supporting actress nominee for her role as Mrs. Miller in "Doubt," was watching the scene in tears at home in Los Angeles with her husband.
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.
July 31, 2011 |
The leading ladies of the upcoming film "The Help" — Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain — sat down with The Times last week to discuss their movie, race, and being women in Hollywood. Based on the novel of the same name, "The Help" is set in 1960s Mississippi and arrives in theaters Aug. 10. Stone plays Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, a career-minded college grad who persuades a group of black maids to tell their stories so she can publish them.