Fences actress Viola Davis, who has been traveling the country sharing her personal story through the Hunger Is campaign say’s that there’s something beautiful that happens when you share your story. “The more you share it, the more you heal. The more you share it, the less shame you have,” the Christian actress said in an interview with Yahoo style. Davis grew up poor in Rhode Island, studied drama at Rhode Island College and the Juilliard School, and is open about the hardships of her upbringing and the lengths she went to feed herself. But it’s only recently, she says, that she felt a total ownership of herself and everything she represents.
“I’m 51 years old. So it took 51 years,” she says, partially joking. “I feel like it’s not always here. I have moments, because I’m human, that you can hurt me. I have good days and bad days and in-between days. I got to a place of self-acceptance because I had no choice. I cornered myself. I got to the point where I was tired of beating myself up. I could not trade myself in for anyone else. I have to tell you, one of the beautiful things, is to be able to speak all over the country. There’s something beautiful that happens when you share your story. The more you share it, the more you heal. The more you share it, the less shame you have.”