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Viola Davis reveals how Will Smith helped her confront childhood trauma

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Viola Davis has opened up on their deep conversation credit:Bang Showbiz
Viola Davis has opened up on their deep conversation credit:Bang Showbiz

Viola Davis says Will Smith helped her confront her childhood trauma.

The 'Suicide Squad' actress explained how an on-set conversation with her co-star gave her a fresh perspective on issues she'd been dealing with for decades.

In an excerpt from her new memoir 'Finding Me' - which was shared by USA Today - she revealed how he asked: "Viola, who are you?"

He continued: "Look, I’m always going to be that 15-year-old boy whose girlfriend broke up with him. That’s always going to be me. So, who are you?”

Viola wrote: "There I was, a working actress with steady gigs, Broadway credits, multiple industry awards, and a reputation of bringing professionalism and excellence to any project. Hell, Oprah knew who I was.

"Yet, sitting there conversing with Will Smith, I was still that little, terrified, third-grade Black girl.”

Meanwhile, the 56-year-old actress recently insisted critics "serve no purpose" as she responded to negative feedback about her portrayal of Michelle Obama in 'The First Lady'.

She said: "Critics absolutely serve no purpose. And I’m not saying that to be nasty, either.

"They always feel like they’re telling you something that you don’t know. Somehow that you’re living a life that you’re surrounded by people who lie to you and ‘I’m going to be the person that leans in and tells you the truth’. So it gives them an opportunity to be cruel to you."

Viola suggested she's in a no-win situation playing the former First Lady, while the Oscar-winning actress also sees criticism as an occupational hazard.

She added: "How do you move on from the hurt, from failure? But you have to. Not everything is going to be an awards-worthy performance."

Earlier this month, Viola revealed she found playing Obama to be "absolutely terrifying".

She shared: "You’re terrified whenever you start a job because you are afraid you are going to be found out - that’s big imposter syndrome. But with Michelle Obama, it’s like everyone has ownership over Michelle Obama.

"I mean, her book came out and it was [on every] bestseller list, everyone knows what she looks like what she sounds like, what her hair [is like], you know?"

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