“I have a personal ambition to live my life honestly and honor the true love that I’ve had and also the people I’ve had around me. I want to stay hopeful, even though I get scared about why we’re even alive at all.”
“I am not defined by the fact that my parents speak Spanish or that my skin color is brown. I’m defined by my character, and my character is a strong woman that’s independent, that’s following her dreams, that wants love, that wants a family, that wants to succeed just like anybody else in this world.”
“Every bit of me is devoted to love and art. And I aspire to try to be a teacher to my young fans who feel just like I felt when I was younger. I just felt like a freak. I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m trying to liberate them, I want to free them of their fears and make them feel that they can make their own space in the world.”
“If you want to run for prime minister, you can. if you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next. these things are so irrelevant and surface to what it is all really about, and i wish people wouldn’t get caught up in that. we want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop.”
I’m over being a pop star. I don’t wanna be a hot girl. I wanna be iconic. And I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot. I feel like I’m highly respected, which is more important than any award or any amount of records. And I feel like there comes a point when being a pop star is not enough.
I’m a tough girl, I know what my job entails - it entails a lot more than standing in front of the camera. So I get it. I won’t deny the physicality of it is exhausting, and sometimes my body just can’t keep up. But it is ultimately about mind over matter.
“When I’m feeling sad, or lonely, and I don’t know what I’m doing and I don’t know where I’m going, I imagine the Cool Awesome Future Version of Myself just telling my present self, ‘It’s okay. You just gotta grab that giraffe by the ears and ride it on out.’ “
“I believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are, truly being who you are. And I’ve spent far too long apologizing for that - my age, my color, my lack of classical beauty - that now at the age of, well, at the age of 46, I’m very proud to be Viola Davis, for whatever it’s worth.”
“No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you’ll find the positive side of things.”
“There’s nothing I dislike more than being in a photo shoot where they say, ‘Be yourself.’ That’s not why I became an actress. That’s what I find so funny: that you become an actor, and all of a sudden, everyone wants to know about you. But I didn’t become an actor so I could show you me.”
‘’The idea of being at home and picking up kids from school and cooking dinner and then the husband comes home - there’s something that seems really nice to me ‘cause I never had that growing up. And it seems so enticing. But in my mind, I’m like, 'Well, I’ll just play that in a movie and go about my own life, bizarre as it is‘’.
I don’t harp on the negative because if you do, then there’s no progression. There’s no forward movement. You got to always look on the bright side of things, and we are in control. Like, you have control over the choices you make.
“I guess, like most foreigners, when you’re away, you see your own culture being even more strange. But where I come from and my roots mean a lot. I miss my family and my friends. Something I’ve realized as I’ve been traveling is that it’s more about the actual people than the actual place.”
“My dream is to be able to just hop on the train one day and come back again, and I know I’ll get to that point but up until then I have to take lots of little baby steps. One of my big things is to visit Australia and New Zealand. That’s my main goal.”