"She removes her wig, her eyelashes, her makeup, never breaking eye contact with the reflection of her natural self. It’s an intimate, powerful moment television doesn’t often show: A black woman removing all the elements white supremacy tells her she has to wear to be beautiful, successful, powerful." (x)
I said, “The only way I can play someone this hard is for something to be peeled away each week, and the first thing that needs to go is the wig.” I just wanted to deal with her hair. It’s a big thing with African-American women…You start when you’re just a young girl. Do you twist it? Do you leave it natural when it’s so hard to take care of? Then you start wearing wigs but every night before bed you’ve got to take the wig off and deal with your hair underneath. And it’s a part of Annalise that I needed the writers to deal with because I’ve never seen it, ever, on TV and I thought it would be very powerful. It’s part of her mask. - Viola Davis(x)
I’m SO glad about what Sheryl said, when you were starting OUT or not as successful, were you “colorless” then? If you were broke would you be colorless or black? Another thing, I HATE when people go that’s not ALL of who I am. I don’t want people to black out, “not see,” or downsize ANY of my traits. I am a BLACK, DARKER COMPLECTED, FEMALE and MANY more things. But ALL my parts are important. I see things a certain way, I go about things a certain way because I’m those things. I’m not asking people to zero in on ONE thing but to RESPECT all things about me and discriminate or oppress because of those things.