Viola Davis on the Reaction to her Historic Emmy Win Speech: ‘I Didn’t Know …

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Viola Davis explains her historic Emmys speech to Ellen DeGeneres, host thought the actress might be drunk when she gave her acceptance speech.

‘ acceptance speech for her historic Emmy win last weekend was a huge hit – but she said she wasn’t certain if it would go over well while she was onstage. “I didn’t know how it was landing,” she told PEOPLE Saturday at PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly and Essence’s #TGIT Celebration Event in Los Angeles, adding with a laugh, “I was up there talking.

When Viola Davis was cast last year to headline ABC’s latest Shonda Rhimes-produced drama, How to Get Away With Murder, she was clear about her motivations in taking the role: Davis wanted to finally be the show.(Credit: theellenshow/Instagram) September 24, 2015- @theellenshow Tomorrow I sit down with the Emmy’s Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. (It’s @ViolaDavis!) Viola Davis recently appeared on “Ellen” bringing home the Best Actress Award to talk about sleeping with the Emmys trophy and making history. And looks like the actress relied on a little liquor before her acceptance speech and Ellen DeGenes joked that she thought she was drunk at that moment.

And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line.” – because she knew it would feel universal. “I knew it would have the impact because of the truth of it,” she said, “the progressiveness of is the fact that people see a line, and beyond that line, they see all the things that they could be, all the rewards of life, and somehow, it’s denied them, and I knew that it would speak to a lot of people.” “I’m always the girl who lost the Miss Central Falls Recreation Contest,” she said. “I never made the cheerleading team. The host claimed, “At first I thought you were drunk, maybe.” Davis, then, admitted that she drank a bit of prosecco while getting ready for the ceremony. She slunk a shot of the liquor as her 5-year-old daughter was trying on her Neil Lane jewelry and assuring her it didn’t matter if she won, as reported by She Wired. The star also told the host that she was even clueless that she received a standing ovation from the audience because she was distracted by a certain fast food that was just off stage. I’m always hoping this is just not a fluke — that this becomes the new norm: That it’s no longer a big deal to see a woman of colour in a lead role that doesn’t necessarily scream “black actress.” That we no longer need think pieces about what it means when those shows find a mainstream audience.

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