Vi­ola Davis fo­cussed on bring­ing di­ver­sity to Hol­ly­wood

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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.

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