It is one of her most memorable roles to date and landed her an Academy Award nomination. Amazingly, though, Viola Davis now wishes she hadn’t starred in The Help. The actress has candidly revealed that she regrets appearing in the movie that helped to catapult her to stardom – for one very important reason.
Davis was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, on August 11, 1965. She grew up in Rhode Island where she developed a love of acting. The star studied theater at Rhode Island College before attending the prestigious Juilliard School in Manhattan for four years.
She got her start in Hollywood with a small appearance in the movie Substance of Fire in 1996. Davis continued to land minor roles in television series and films, as well as more significant parts in the TV shows Traveler and Century City. But she had more success on stage, where she won a Tony award in 2001 for King Hedley II.