Viola Davis Reacts To Criticism Of Her Michelle Obama Portrayal: It’s Incredibly Hurtful When People Say Negative Things About Your Work

Viola Davis, Michelle Obama

Viola Davis Reacts To Criticism Of Her Michelle Obama Portrayal: It’s Incredibly Hurtful When People Say Negative Things About Your Work

Viola Davis is speaking out, addressing a recent role that has garnered mixed reactions.

The 56-year-old actress plays the role of Michelle Obama in Showtime’s latest series, “The First Lady.”

In an interview with BBC News to promote her new memoir, she admits that it was

“incredibly hurtful when people say negative things about your work. How do you move on from the hurt, from failure? But you have to. Not everything is going to be an awards-worthy performance.”

She continues,

“Critics absolutely serve no purpose. And I’m not saying that to be nasty, either. 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 to you. But ultimately I feel like it is my job as a leader to make bold choices. Win or fail it is my duty to do that.”

How do you feel about her portrayal? Let us know in the comments.

Authored by: Kellie Williams