Viola Davis Talks Education, Inspiration and More in American Way

12 09 2012

This past spring, the Oscar-nominated star of “The Help,” Viola Davis, and I sat down in her kitchen to talk about her new film, “Won’t Back Down,” in which she plays a teacher who helps take over a failing school from its administrators.

In addition to being one of the most honest and down-to-earth actresses I’ve ever interviewed, it turns out Viola has become — for lack of a less cheesy word — an inspiration to the students back in her own hometown. Maybe it’s because of the SAG Awards and Oscar noms — but I suspect it has just as much to do with the fact that Viola is unafraid of painting a picture of the world as it actually is. Check out my new cover story in American Way magazine to see what I mean.




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