Viola Davis has recently opened up about her late co-star Chadwick Boseman and praised him for his integrity and authenticity.
As per People magazine, the 55-year-old Oscar-winning actor discussed her role as Ma Rainey in the 2020 film ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’, and also spoke about the ‘Black Panther’ star’s legacy in an upcoming OWN Spotlight special with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
“What I’ll remember about his legacy is his integrity,” Davis told Winfrey in a People exclusive clip from the conversation.
She continued, “There’s not a lot of integrity out there. I think it takes a lot of courage to be authentic.”
The film was Boseman’s last before he passed away last August. Davis believes that throughout his remarkable career, the star wasn’t concerned with his fame.
“I just felt that he was not interested in being a movie star as much as he was concerned with being a really great artist,” Davis admitted.
In 2021, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, both of the ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ stars took home the best actor, best actress, supporting actor, and best supporting actress awards, all of which went to non-white nominees.
Davis became the first black woman to win best actress in a lead role twice, and Boseman was honoured with a posthumous win for best male actor in a leading role.
Taylor Simone Ledward, Boseman’s wife, accepted the award on his behalf.
“If you see the world unbalanced, be a crusader that pushes heavily on the seesaw of the mind. That’s a quote by Chadwick Boseman,” Ledward said.
Boseman and Davis both won nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress at the 93rd Academy Awards. This is Boseman’s first Oscar nomination. (Agencies)