It was the role that arguably catapulted her to the mainstream.
But Viola Davis now says she regrets her role in the 2011 film “The Help.”
Our Voices Were Not Heard
Viola was nominated for an Oscar and won a Screen Actor’s Guild award playing maid Aibileen Clark. But in an interview with The New York Times on Tuesday, the 53-year-old actress says she regretted taking on the role.
“I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard,” Davis told The Times. “I know Aibileen. I know Minny. They’re my grandma. They’re my mom. And I know that if you do a movie where the whole premise is, I want to know what it feels like to work for white people and bring up children in 1963, I want to hear how you really feel about it. I never heard that in the course of the movie.”
The film features Academy Award winner Emma Stone – who plays a white journalist penning a book on the experiences of black maids working in Jackson, Mississippi during the Civil Rights movement.
The A-List cast featured Cicely Tyson, Sissy Spacek and Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar for playing maid Minny Jackson.
She Enjoyed Working On Set
Despite her reservations about the way she was portrayed, the “How To Get Away With Murder” actress says she had a great experience working on the film.
The mom-of-one says the friendships she gained on set “are ones that I’m going to have for the rest of my life.”
“I had a great experience with these other actresses, who are extraordinary human beings. And I could not ask for a better collaborator than Tate Taylor,” she said.
The film was box office gold — making nearly $170 million in North America alone.
In addition to winning the Screen Actor’s Guild award for best actress in a leading role for the film, Davis was also nominated for best actress at the Academy Awards, the BAFTAs, and the Golden Globes.