Viola Davis’s new memoir ‘Finding Me’ has been described as a “a deeply personal, brutal honest account” of the Oscar winning actress’ struggle to success.
The 56-year-old Oscar, Emmy- and Tony-winning actor is the first Black woman to win the acting triple crown.
In the book, she opens up about the pressures she has faced to look a particular way, being labelled ‘ugly’ in her childhood, and ‘too dark’ for roles or ‘not classically beautiful’ by casting directors during her career.
The over-arching message of the book is self-love and ultimately being oneself unapologetically in a judgmental industry and a world where labels are often forced on people.
Viola’s various acting roles have impacted thousands of young aspiring Black actors, and allowed them to believe that they can too succeed by being themselves and no doubt her story will too.
“You need to see a physical manifestation of your dream. I love so many actors out there, but there is something like seeing someone who looks like you that makes it more tangible”
The book is available now.