Viola Davis is «running her own race» now she is older.
The ‘Fences’ star knows that Hollywood is centred around pretty being «your value as a woman» but now she is older, she has realised being who she is is more «beautiful» than anything else.
She shared: «Pretty is your value as a woman. What they put out there. When you become an actor, you feel that doesn’t have much to do with it. It’s just the work! Then you get into the business, and people think looks are a prerequisite for acting.
«That it has something to do with it. And it really doesn’t. It really doesn’t have anything to do with your value, even, but when you get to Hollywood, you see how much that leads the conversation. But the glorious thing that happens, when you get older, is you begin to run your own race. You have more challenges, where you have to dig deep and find tools in you to slay these dragons. Then, gradually, you begin to wake up, every day a little different. You become more of who you are – and that is beauty. And it surpasses opinions.»
And the 55-year-old ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ actress admits her confidence comes from her personal achievements rather than just her professional ones.
Speaking to The Sunday Times’ Culture magazine, she added: «You know, I’m 55. I’ve been doing this for 33 years and did not come into real public prominence until ‘How to Get Away With Murder’. I was in my late forties. Instead, it’s a gradual transformation. Also, confidence is built through a parent dying. Becoming a mother. Turning 50. I’m an actor when I’m on set, but right now I’ve got my head rag and robe on. I’m at home. That Oscar can’t replace good health. Or the dying of my dad of pancreatic cancer. Cannot parent my ten-year-old. What happens is you begin to really figure out what you need, in order to live in any semblance of peace.»