We just can’t get enough of Viola Davis‘ talent, wisdom, and beauty. From her role in How to Get Away with Murder to films like Lila & Eve and The Help, she’s become one of the most important actors of our generation.
But one of the most incredible things about Viola is her ability to capture exactly how we feel when it comes to being a woman of color in any industry. From the struggles and the joys, she always seems to have a way with words.
Today, August 11, we celebrate her 51st birthday. In honor of her special day, our friends at The Huffington Post came up with 15 of Viola’s best quotes.
On honoring your individual womanhood:
“Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you. Womanhood is everything that’s inside of you.” – BuzzFeed
On being a role model:
“A 25-year-old white actress who is training at Yale or Juilliard or SUNY Purchase or NYU today can look at a dozen white actresses who are working over age 40 in terrific roles. You can’t say that for a lot of young black girls. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing.” – New York Times