Denzel Washington Gives His Daughter Acting Advice – “Be Like Viola Davis”
Legendary Hollyweird icon Denzel Washington is keeping it all the way real with his young daughter who is an aspiring actress herself. The Oscar Award winning actor recently sat down at a roundtable with several other Hollyweird heavyweights and gave his two cents on what young black women looking to make it in the city of lights need to strive towards.
via The Grio
Washington was featured on the Hollywood Reporter’s annual actor’s roundtable along with fellow actors Jamie Foxx, Matt Damon, Richard Gere, Alan Arkin and John Hawkes. In the wide-ranging interview, Washington discusses advice he gave his daughter Olivia:
“I tell my daughter — she’s at NYU — I say: ’You’re black, you’re a woman, and you’re dark-skinned at that. So you have to be a triple/quadruple threat.’ I said: ‘You gotta learn how to act.
You gotta learn how to dance, sing, move onstage.’ That’s the only place, in my humble opinion, you really learn how to act. I said: ‘Look at Viola Davis.’ I said That’s who you want to be. Forget about them little pretty girls [...]‘”
Sounds like some sound father-daughter advice that she probably won’t get anywhere else. Do you agree with Denzel’s theory?