Oscar-winning star Viola Davies is the cover star of NET-A-PORTER’s digital magazine PorterEdit  latest issue.In the accompany interview Viola issued a reminder that black actors, especially women, should not be limited to playing roles as slaves or oppressed characters. She noted that ‘We don’t always have to be slaves or in the ’hood or fighting the KKK’. ‘I could be in Gone Girl. Or Wild. I could be seen the same way as Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore. I actually came from the same sort of background.’‘It’s not about the Oscars, it’s about how we’re included in every aspect of the movie-making business,’ she said. ‘When you look at a role as a director or producer that is not ethnically specific, can you consider an actor of colour, to invest in that talent?’ The star, who became the first black woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015 for her role as Annalise Keating in US TV drama How to Get Away with Murder, is calling for filmmakers and viewers to broaden their perspective. She explained: ‘The problem is, if it’s not an urban or civil rights drama, they don’t see you in the story. People need to understand that they shouldn’t see people of colour one way.’Photo Credit: Porter


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