Viola Davis Fronts Essence October 2013

Posted Friday September 6, 2013 3:48 PM GMT

With her new film “Prisoners” slated to hit theaters September 20th, Viola Davis pitched in on promotions by covering the October 2013 issue of Essence magazine.

During her interview, “The Help” actress opened up about first meeting her husband and reveals the reasoning behind her decision to ditch her wigs after battling breast cancer.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Davis’ interview below. For more, be sure to visit Essence!

On her confidence growing up:
"My image of myself [as a youth] was in the mouths of young White kids calling me ugly and then going home to a mother who did not fully embrace her own beauty."

On finding love through prayer:
"I asked for a husband who was emotionally available, someone who was older, someone who maybe had a family before. I like older men. Someone from the South. Someone who loves God more than he loves himself. I met my husband three and a half weeks later, an ex-football player from Austin, Texas. On one our first dates, he took me to church."

On saying goodbye to her wigs:
"I had to defend myself as an artist, but I found myself defending myself as a dark-skinned black woman in front of people who did not know my life. I took my wig off because I no longer wanted to apologize for who I am."

On hair lovers:
"There's not one woman in America who does not care about her hair. But we give it way too much value. We deprive ourselves of things, we use it to destroy each other, we'll look at a child and judge a mother and her sense of motherhood by the way the child's hair looks. I am not going to traumatize my child about her hair. I want her to love her hair."

Photo Credit: Essence

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