Viola Davis walked away from last night’s People’s Choice Awards as the proud recipient of Best New TV Actress for her role in How To Get Away With Murder. An instant hit, the Shonda Rhimes ABC series shattered barriers for black women, including showing an older black actress in her natural state – short natural hair and all.
While The New York Times seemingly took a shot at Davis and her portrayal, the award-winning star took a moment to remind folks that she’s a “classic beauty.”
“You know, we actors, we do it for you. We do it for the fans. We do it for the people. We do it to move you. We do it to provoke you. So thank you so much for this. Thank you Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Peter Nowalk for thinking of a leading lady who looks like my ‘classic beauty.’ Thank you to my co-stars and my beautiful husband at home who has a bum knee and our daughter. I’m just so proud to be an actor and so happy to do what I do. And I’m so happy that people have accepted me in this role at this stage in my career. Thank you so much!”
Watch Viola’s full acceptance speech on the next page.