Viola Davis has been expressing regret about appearing in the film The Help for years. Now she has detailed why in the new issue of Vanity Fair, which features a groundbreaking shot of her on the cover.
Davis played Aibileen, a maid who worked for a white family, and Octavia Spencer played Minny Jackson, Aibileen’s best friend. Davis signed on thinking the film would center the experiences of the maids:
I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard. 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 to 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.
Check out the issue’s amazing cover by Dario Calmese, the first Black photographer to shoot the cover in the magazine’s history.
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