Denzel Washington Wants his Daughter to be the Next Viola Davis
New York University student and aspiring actress, Olivia Washington, already has some big shoes to fill if and when she makes it to the silver screen. But her dad, Denzel Washington, isn't thinking about himself as a role model for her theatrical ambitions. In a video recording of the Hollywood Reporter's annual actor's roundtable, Denzel minces no words about the fact that his daughter's gender and skin-color will present challenges to a career in Hollywood.
"I tell her … 'Look at Viola Davis,'" he says. "'That's who you want to be. Forget about the little pretty girls … if you're relying on that, when you hit 40, you're out the door. … You better have some chops.'" (Jezebel)