Viola Davis Says If She’s The ‘Black Meryl Streep’ She Should Be Paid ‘What She’s Worth’

ET Canada | 2/14/2018 | Staff
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Viola Davis did not hold back during her candid conversation about her career at a Women In The World event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

The Oscar-winning actress discussed her 30-year career, opening up about feeling undervalued and underpaid when compared to her white contemporaries.

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“I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver,” Davis tells British journalist and Women In The World founder Tina Brown, the evening’s moderator at the event which encourages women to tell their stories and share their experiences to build a better world for women and girls.

“They all came out of Yale, they came out of Juilliard, they came out of NYU. They had the same path as me, and yet I am nowhere near them,” says the Juilliard graduate. “Not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, no where close to it.”

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The 52-year-old actress, whose career has spanned both TV and movies admits her salary has not been comparable to women like Streep, her co-star in 2008’s “Doubt”. Both Davis and her friend Streep earned Oscar nominations for their role in the film.

“People say, ‘You’re a black Meryl Streep… we love you. There is no one like you,'” she explains. “Okay, then if there’s no one like me, you think I’m that, you pay me what I’m worth.”

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The “How To Get Away With Murder” star reveals she’s been disappointed with the roles offered to her, admitting she got by in the past by making the most of limited screen time. But now, the actress says she’s finished with trying to prove herself.

“I’m not hustling for my worth. I’m worthy. When I came out of my mom’s womb, I came in worthy,” says Davis who...
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