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Viola Davis wants to bring diversity to Hollywood


Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon, who are appearing together in the new season of her hit show “How to Get Away with Murder”, have a joint mission to bring more diversity in Hollywood.

Hollywood remains as white and male-dominated as ever, and representation of race, gender, LGBT and disability has barely changed in the past 10 years, according to research by academics at the University of Southern California (USC), reported The Guardian.”The reason diversity is still an issue is that everyone is not ‘put to task’,” said Davis.

Stressing that it was a much bigger issue than casting and stories, she agreed with Tennon in saying that it was a “pipeline problem”.”If a writer, director, cinematographer, actor of colour is out there, they have the talent but haven’t had the opportunities. So, when the studios start putting together their movies, they go for who they know, who they’ve worked with… the hottest, buzziest, the one with the resume… and most of them are white.”