My Girl Friday: Viola Davis

A Friday salute to a woman who rocks my world: actress Viola Davis, pictured here as Aibileen Clark in 'The Help'

Another supporting actress to cheer for: Viola Davis. She appears in The Help as Aibileen Clark, which opened in theatres on Wednesday.

I’ve been watching Davis for years. I noticed her in Traffic, Antwone Fisher and handed her my heart when she played Mrs. Miller in Doubt.

Davis understands a thing or two about restraint. While I haven’t seen or read The Help, her performance as a mother turning a blind eye to the possible abuse of her child was heartbreaking in Doubt. In lesser hands, Mrs. Miller would have come off as a villain. Entrusted to the capable Davis, the character was one of the walking wounded, a black woman bearing a double yoke of racism and classism.  When she faces off with the formidable Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep) she betrays a world of secret grief and fathoms of anger – just by dropping the corners of her mouth.

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One comment on “My Girl Friday: Viola Davis

  1. phyllis
    August 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Can’t wait to see her and the rest of the cast in The Help.

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