Viola Davis has said she believes the criticism is “serving nothing”.
The actress caught up with movie and TV critics after receiving negative reviews of her portrayal of Michelle Obama on the Showtime series The First Lady.
Davis called the series ‘reception “extremely damaging” after Washington Post’s Inkoo Kang criticized Davis’ “Emmy-provoking performances,” as well as Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson.
“The criticism is completely useless,” Davis said in an interview with the BBC. “And I’m not saying that to be rude either. You always seem to be saying something you don’t know.
“In a way, you live in a world where you are surrounded by people who lie to you and ‘I’m going to be the one who bends over and tells you the truth.’ So it gives them a chance to be cruel to you. “
Watch Davis in The First Lady here:
“How do you overcome the pain, the failure?” Davis contributed to the poor reviews. “But you have to. Not everything will be an award – winning show.
“Ultimately, I feel that my job as a leader is to make bold decisions. Victory or failure, I have a duty to do so.”
Last year, Viola Davis stated that she believes black actors are often treated as “scraps” in Hollywood.
“It’s very difficult to make movies that don’t fit a certain box about how we look,” Davis said on the Variety Awards Circuit Podcast.
“Inclusion cannot be a hashtag. You have to write papers for people in culturally distinctive colors, as sympathetic as our white counterparts, in order to excel, to be considered for awards. . ” .
“But often and comprehensively, it’s a second thought. We’re the leftovers.”