Viola Davis is one of the most respected actresses in Hollywood and has now become an even bigger household name with her new show, “How to get away with murder.” Davis recently spoke to a group of Hollywood big shots about her goal to end childhood hunger. She says that she remembers growing up in “abject poverty” and crawling through the garbage in order to get food.
“I sacrificed a childhood for food,” she said, “and grew up in immense shame.”
Davis was being honored at the Variety Power of Women luncheon. She was recognized, along with Reese Witherspoon and Jane Fonda, for her great work for the empowerment of women in her industry, as well as humanitarian work. It appears that Davis has not only come a long way since her tough experiences growing up, she has also found numerous ways to give back to others who could use her help.
Davis says that fighting hunger has been one of the greatest experiences of her life and she seems ever more determined to help with the fight. We are happy to cheer her on.
Davis said her work with the Hunger Is campaign to raise awareness about hunger in the United States has been “the joy of my life.” She thanked her colleagues and supporters for the chance to “stand up in front of so many people, at the age of 49, and share my testimony and begin the process of healing.”
Witherspoon was recognized for her involvement with the Malala Fund, the educational advocacy organization established by Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Witherspoon said she was inspired by her daughter, Ava, to explore the state of girls’ education around the world and learn about Malala’s efforts.
Lopez said her namesake foundation was also inspired by her children. Lopez said she and her sister, Lynda, started the Lopez Family Foundation when they were pregnant together in hopes of helping needy families receive high-quality health care.