If you ask us what your favorite Viola Davis quote is, we can probably recite a hundred to you — nah, we’re not as smart as Annalise Keating.
Viola Davis, the superb actress who plays the powerful yet vulnerable Criminal Law professor in How to Get Away with Murder as well as other moving roles in The Help and Fences. She’s a force to be reckoned with. And a great source of quotes that you can paint on your next calligraphy class.
Here are some of the most memorable Viola Davis quotes to inspire you.
1. “Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you. Womanhood is everything that’s inside of you.“ – Buzzfeed
2. “I don’t have any time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn’t love me has to say about me.“ – Interview with Oprah Winfrey.
3.“When I was handed Annalise Keating I said, she’s sexy, she’s mysterious, you know, I’m used to playing women who gotta gain 40 pounds and wear an apron so I said oh god, I gotta lose weight. I gotta learn to walk like Kerry Washington in heels. You know? I gotta lose my belly. And then I ask myself, well, why do I have to do all of that? I truly believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. And, I just recently embraced that at 51.“ – Critics’ Choice Awards
4. “What keeps me in the business is hope, and that’s the hope that women of color are also a part of the narrative, that our stories are just as potent, because we also have the power of transformation. We also have the power to be quirky, and sexy, and different, funny, heartfelt and all of those things.” – Elle
5.“They say to serve is to love. I think to serve is to heal, too.“ – Variety’s 2014 Powerful Women luncheon
6. “I see a lot of sexy women who are hard, cold, look like they have windswept hair and lip gloss and light makeup when they say it’s no makeup. I work out five days a week, and I’m still not a size 2. So I wanted to see a real woman on TV. I wanted to see who we are before we walk out the door in the morning and put on the mask of acceptability.“ – How to Get Away With Murder panel
7.“Vanity destroys your work. That’s the one thing you have to let go of as an actor. I don’t care how sexy or beautiful any woman is. At the end of the day, she has to take her makeup off. At the end of the day, she’s more than just pretty.” – New York Times