WHY VIOLA DAVIS ONLY HAS ONE PHOTO OF HER AS A CHILDMarch 2, 2017
And while most of our mothers have a hundred photos of us as kids (most are embarrassing), Viola said she only has one picture of her childhood because her parents could not afford a camera.
— People Magazine (@people) March 2, 2017
“The only picture I have of my childhood is the picture of me in kindergarten. I have this expression on my face — it’s not a smile, it’s not a frown. I swear to you, that’s the girl who wakes up in the morning and who looks around her house and her life saying, ‘I cannot believe how God has blessed me.’ “
The Fences actress was born in a small shack on her grandmother’s farm which is set on a former slave plantation where her grandfather worked. She said she struggled with hunger and even racist taunts in school.
“I was the kind of poor where I knew right away I had less than everyone around me,” she said. “Our environment, our physical space reflected our income.” At home, “the boards were coming off the walls, shoddy plumbing and no phone and no food and rats and all of that. That very much was visible to me.”
Despite having poverty against her, the harsh journey only motivated Viola to stay focused on making progress for her and her family.
“It became motivation as opposed to something else — the thing about poverty is that it starts affecting your mind and your spirit because people don’t see you,” Davis says. “I chose from a very young age that I didn’t want that for my life. And it very much has helped me appreciate and value the things that are in my life now because I never had it. A yard, a house, great plumbing, a full refrigerator, things that people take for granted, I don’t.”
Congratulations to Viola and also a thank you for sharing her inspirational story. We hope she serves as motivation for us all, and remember, everything is possible!