Viola Davis says she regrets starring in the movie “The Help” which earned her an Oscar nomination.
The legendary actress opened up about this during a brief chat with the New York Times at the Toronto Film Festival yesterday. “Have I ever done roles that I’ve regretted? I have, and ‘The Help’ is on that list,” said Davis, and this is because the film has been criticised for over-crediting white women for improvements in race relations, instead of placing more emphasis on the real heroes of the story–that is black maids like Davis’ character Aibileen.
She continued, “I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard,” she said. “I know Aibileen. I know Minny. They’re my grandma. They’re my mom. And I know that if you do a movie where the whole premise is, I want to know what it feels like to work for white people and to bring up children in 1963, I want to hear how you really feel about it. I never heard that in the course of the movie.”
She, however, added that the film was a good experience and she is still fond of everyone she worked with. “The friendships that I formed are ones that I’m going to have for the rest of my life,” she told the Times. “I had a great experience with these other actresses, who are extraordinary human beings. And I could not ask for a better collaborator than [director] Tate Taylor.”