Viola Davis received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday. So today I’m linking to the breathtaking New Yorker profile on her that you might have missed during the holidays. I’m begging you to read it. Because this is not your regular bullsh-t celebrity magazine feature. This is Viola Davis approaching an interview with the same commitment that she approaches her roles – she leaves nothing on the table. She is raw and vulnerable, she is complicated, she is generous, she is funny, she is damaged, she is so f-cking honest, it’s exhilarating. Obviously this piece is about her approach to her work. But it’s also about how her life (my god her life!) has informed her work. And, as opposed to so many of the men who are often acclaimed in this business, her work is not about the camouflage but about the reveal:
“I don’t see acting as hiding. I see it as stepping up buck naked in front of a group of people that you don’t know. Every single time. It’s about exposing. If you’re not doing that, you’re basically not doing anything.”
At this time I’d like to re-invoke the furious spirit behind Sarah’s tweet last year:
A few words on Jared Leto and Viola Davis. pic.twitter.com/KVwtFAd4Xv— Sarah (@Cinesnark) July 25, 2016
And Johnny Depp. And Christian Bale. And, and, and, and, and.
When you are reading about Viola in The New Yorker then, think specifically on Sarah’s note about “the option of self-indulgence”, how that applies to Viola. And how her career is a goddamn testament to making do without it. Viola Davis will win a Golden Globe on Sunday. At the end of this month she’ll win a SAG Award. And then, in February, she will win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. There will be a standing ovation.
Speaking of the Golden Globes…! It’s AWARD SEASON!!! Duana and I will be live-tweeting during the show @duanaelise and @laineygossip. As it is every year, it’ll be an all-nighter for us. We’ll start posting around 2am ET and straight through to Monday morning and afternoon until we’ve covered all the dress porn and all the drama. Please join us! And please check in early on Monday and refresh often to get caught up on every article.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in gossip,