Viola Davis focussed on bringing diversity to Hollywood
Actor Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon, who are appearing together in the new season of her hit show, How to Get Away with Murder, have a joint mission to bring more diversity to Hollywood. Hollywood remains as white and maledominated as ever, and representation of race, gender, LGBT and disability has barely changed in the past 10 years, according to research by academics at the University of Southern California (USC), reported The Guardian. Stressing that it was a much bigger issue than casting and stories, she said, “When the studios start putting together their movies, they go for who they know, who they’ve worked with, the hottest, the one with the resume, and most of them are white. It’s a problem that needs to be tackled from the studio heads who give the greenlight vote to filmmakers who can simply envision a role differently, to producers who can give a budding, gifted cinematographer a grip, writer of colour a chance, and finally to audiences to plop down money to see a film character differently. It requires being awoken.” Davis and Tennon set up their company in 2011 to tackle the problem from within.