Actress Viola Davis is now one of the most iconic actresses of today’s movie era, but the Oscar winner says she regrets one of the most defining roles she ever played–that of Aibileen in the 2011 hit film The Help.
When asked if she regretted any movie role she played, Davis had this to say:
“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.”
‘The Help’ was based on the lives of Black maids in segregated Jackson, Mississippi who worked in the households of White women.
But the movie faced criticism over its analysis of racial issues, including its portrayal of Black men, who were seen as mostly absent, helpless or abusive in the film.
The Help was nominated for several Academy awards.