Viola Davis on 'Widows,' MeToo and expressing her femininity

Published 11-12-2018

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TORONTO (AP) - To Viola Davis, being naked on screen or onstage means more than having your clothes off. It means ridding yourself of self-consciousness and ego. It means exposing yourself.

There was, memorably, no vanity in Davis' Rose in "Fences," a performance that reached its aching crescendo in her shattering, snot-dripping monologue. But in Steve McQueen's Chicago thriller "Widows," Davis' raw intimacy includes a dimension she has rarely, if ever, gotten to express in film: her sexuality.

The 53-year-old actress says it might not seem like a big deal to be in bed with Liam Neeson to some, but to her it was.

"Widows" opens in theaters Friday.

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