People have been criticizing Viola Davis for how she played Michelle Obama, especially when it comes to her lip choices. Viola Davis says that she doesn’t care what people think.
In a new interview with the BBC, the Oscar-winning actress hit back at her critics. The BBC asked her about the wisecracks and mockery she was getting a few weeks ago when her new Showtime series, ‘The First Lady,’ premiered.
Davis says that these amateur commentators have no purpose other than to be mean. She found the number of comments she saw to be “incredibly hurtful.”Embed from Getty Images
Viola says that criticism is part of the job, and even admits that her “MO” character might not be her finest work. But she says she had to take big risks and stands by what she portrayed on camera.
“Critics absolutely serve no purpose. And, I’m not saying that to be nasty either.”
She continues, “They always feel like they’re telling you something that you don’t know. Somehow that you’re living a life that you’re surrounded by people who lie to you and ‘I’m going to be the person that leans in and tells you the truth’. So, it gives them an opportunity to be cruel.”
As Viola also says, it was almost impossible to do Michelle justice, because some people might have thought she did too much or not enough to get it correct. In this case, it’s the other way around.