Emmy Winner Viola Davis Covers Variety

Viola Davis Variety

Viola Davis made history Sunday night by becoming the first African American woman to win an Emmy for a leading role. Here the very talented actress is on the cover of Variety magazine. 

Viola Davis variety1

On her EMMY being like the Willy Wonka ticket:  “What it meant for me to win the Emmy is I found it,” she says, choking up. “It’s not just the award. It’s what it’s going to mean to young girls — young brown girls, especially. When they saw a physical manifestation of a dream, I felt like I had fulfilled a purpose.”

On her long journey: “You guys have to realize, I’ve been in this business 35 years, and 27 years professionally. I’m the journeyman actor that you saw in one scene here, two scenes there. I’ve been eking out a living doing theater — Broadway, Off Broadway — film supporting roles, that I’m just excited to be a part of the conversation.”

Turn the page