EXCLUSIVE: Viola Davis Gets Candid on #OscarsSoWhite: 'It's Not a Trending Topic, It's a Life Topic'
By Sophie Schillaci
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Leave it to Viola Davis to put things in perfect perspective.
The actress had much to celebrate on Saturday night, taking home the 2016 Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role on ABC's How to Get Away With Murder, and while the event celebrated diversity from beginning to end – Davis had plenty more to say about the ongoing Hollywood issue in a backstage interview with ET.
Speaking with ET's Cameron Mathison after her big win, the actress got candid about the buzz surrounding this year's #OscarsSoWhite movement.
"It's not just a hashtag and it's not a trending topic, it's a life topic," Davis told ET. "That we've always been here, people of color. That we've always been a part of this culture, and so therefore, we should always be a part of the narrative and be a part of the storytelling.
"I think the most important thing people can do is be open to the experience that an actor of color can be just as inclusive as anyone else," she continued. "I've never put any limitations on myself. I certainly don't as [HTGAWM's] Annalise."
Davis previously opened up to ET about the fact that the Academy Awards nominated exclusively white actors for the second year in a row.
"The problem is not with the Oscars," she explained just last week. "The problem is with the Hollywood movie-making system."