Viola Davis is Honored at the Maui Film Festival and Discusses the Craft of Acting

Two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis was honored with the female 2016 Maui Film Festival Navigator Award alongside Bryan Cranston who received the male 2016 Navigator Award this past weekend at the Wailea Resort in Maui.

“Viola Davis not only has the talent to deliver when the opportunity knocks, but also has the determination, drive and work ethic to steer her way through any project with empathy, compassion and grace.  Viola is a true original and we couldn’t be more pleased to honor her.” – Barry Rivers, Founder/Director Maui Film Festival

Davis made history last fall, becoming the first African American woman to win a best actress in a drama series Emmy Award for her role as Annalise Keating on HTGAWM.  She recently signed an overall deal with ABC Studios, and under the agreement, she and her partner Julius Tennon will develop new projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services through their production company, JuVee Productions, for ABC Studios and its cable/digital division ABC Signature.  Davis just recently wrapped production alongside Denzel Washington in the film adaptation of the Broadway place Fences, and can be seen on the big screen this summer (August 5th)  in Suicide Squad alongside Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto.

Check out the above inspirational conversation that took place at the Maui Film Festival between Viola Davis and Rick Chatenever where she discusses how she chooses her roles, the craft of acting, and the differences between television and theater acting.

“There is a seed that’s planted in humanity that makes people feel like, there are the normal people and then there are “those” people…and it prevents us from living our authentic lives.  We have really creepy thoughts, really suppressed fantasies and sexuality that we feel are just ours, and ours alone.  This prevents us from connecting.  Theater is a place where we can tell the truth about humanity.  We can blow the lid off all that (through theater), and to open up a person’s pathology, and show them who they are.” – Viola Davis



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