Viola Davis Regrets Her Oscar-Nominated Role in ‘The Help’

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Viola Davis is a legendary actor who has racked up a plethora of accolades for her fantastic portrayals that often go against the grain. The longtime actor has demonstrated a wide range of abilities that go from the stage to the big screen to television.

Her performance in How to Get Away with Murder helped her stand out for the primetime crowd, but she has plenty of other noteworthy roles on her resume. One of them, however, is a regret. Despite winning praise for the performance, Davis wishes she hadn’t agreed to star in The Help. 

Viola Davis has won many awards

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Amidst her many glowing achievements, Davis has earned the recognition of being the first Black woman to win the “Triple Crown” of acting. This achievement refers to winning a Tony (for stage acting), a Primetime Emmy (for television), and an Oscar (for film).

This particular accolade has only been achieved by a handful of stars. As Ranker reports, just 24 actors have managed to win all three, and Davis’s accomplishment puts her on the list with Al Pacino, Rita Moreno, and Jessica Lange. 

Davis has received two Tony awards — one for 2001’s King Hedley II and another for the stage production of Fences in 2010. In 2015, she added the second point to the crown with her Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for How to Get Away with Murder.

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Finally, 2016 saw it all come together when she took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the film production of Fences. 

‘The Help’ was a successful but controversial film 

Over the years, Davis has played many parts, and certainly they haven’t all been as successful as her Oscar- and Emmy-winning efforts. Early on, Davis played in mostly unknown TV movies like 1998’s Grace & Glorie or had small parts like a policewoman in 2001’s Kate & Leopold.

By the mid-to-late-aughts, though, Davis had more substantial roles including a recurring part on the TV series Century City and another in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her part in 2008’s critically acclaimed film Doubt helped showcase her dramatic chops, and it was clear that her star was on the rise. 

In 2011, she took part in The Help, a film that was commercially successful and well-received by many

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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