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Viola Davis: ‘Diversity is Not a Trending Topic’

Viola Davis got really real backstage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday evening in LA.

After taking home the win for Best Female Actor in a Drama Series for “How To Get Away With Murder,” Davis, decided that she was going to continue her vocal efforts to bring awareness to diversity issues in Hollywood.

“Diversity is not a trending topic,” she said. “It’s just not. I’ve always considered myself an actor since I got my equity card in 1988. I’ve never put any limitations on myself. I felt like I can play Chekhov — any character in Chekhov — in Shakespeare, in Miller, in August Wilson.”

READ: Here’s What Viola Davis Has to Say About #OscarsSoWhite

The Oscar-nominated actress had no qualms about voicing her pride in herself and other actors such as Idris Elba, Queen Latifah, and Uzo Aduba, for never limiting themselves in their theatrical pursuits.

“All of the actors of color that I know don’t place any limitations on themselves either,” she continued. “Regardless of what is going on with the Academy, regardless of what is going on in Hollywood, they will find a way to be excellent. We always have and we always will.”

While talking to Entertainment Tonight about the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences all white nominations for all of its major acting categories, she explained, “The problem is not with the Oscars. The problem is with the Hollywood movie-making system.”

Check out the video and see some of what she had to say. 


Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.