Actress Viola Davis, who took home the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Drama Series for her role in How To Get Away With Murder last night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, told reporters backstage that “diversity is not a trending topic.”
Backstage after winning best actress in a television drama for How to Get Away with Murder, Davis said she was “enjoying the moment,” but cautioned that a call for diverse voices in art should not be considered a fad.
“We have become a society of trending topics. Diversity is not a trending topic. It’s just not,” Davis said. “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 could play Chekhov, any character in Chekhov and Shakespeare in Arthur Miller, in August Wilson. I see myself as an actor. No matter what is going on in the business, I will find a way to practice my art, and all of the actors of color who I know don’t place any limitations on themselves either. So 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.”
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