Viola Davis Fights to End Child Hunger

The Oscar-nominated actress discusses her work with the Hunger Is campaign.
4:52 | 06/12/14

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Tes Viola Davis has two Oscar nominations and critical acclaim. But this morning, she's here with another of her passions, the fight to eradicate childhood hunger. I don't like to go to school hungry. I don't think anybody should go to school without eating. Everybody should be able to eat. I'm viola Davis. I was one of those children. I was one of the nearly 17 million kids in the united States who worried where they're next meal will come from. And viola is here with us live this morning. This is something, first of all, good morning. Good morning to you, too. It's always great to have you here. Back at you ten-fold. This is something dear to you. And something you went through as a child. I partnered with entertainment industry foundation and safeway foundation because they wanted to eliminate childhood hunger in America. And I love the word eliminate. Not just help. But to eradicate it. And I do have a personal story because I was a kid who grew up hungry. I grew up in abject poverty. I grew up in buildings that had no plumbing and no phone. And infested with rats and no food. And what it caused me to do, it caused me to steal food. It caused me to jump in dumpsters looking for food, as a kid. And it caused me to have a lot of shame because I used that to identify who I was. D then, I partnered with safeway and entertainment industry foundation. And you find out that one in five kids suffer from some form of childhood hunger, going to school hungry. Insecure homes. 17 million children that you begin to understand, it's not just your problem. It's a problem on a wider scale in the richest country of the world. And it was my way of reconciling the past. And reconciling my childhood. In the short time, it's hard to raise $4.5 million. But it's so powerful to have that campaign. And for also, for young people who are going through what they are going through, to look at you and say, okay. I can get through this. And when we see you, on the big screen, and going back to television. Working with Shonda rhimes. Absolutely. Tell us about that show. "How to get away with murder"? It's outside of my comfort zone because I play someone who is sexy and mysterious. Usually I'm not mysterious. You know who I am. I'm always warm and fuzzy and I'm never messy. And I'm not touching any hunky guys that have no shirts on. This is a chance for me to be outside of my comfort zone. And I think that's a great metaphor for life. You know? At this stage in my life. I want to be uncomfortable. That means I'm taking risks. And you're in great hands with Shonda. She owns Thursday nights. I'm in great hands with Shonda. But I don't know what to expect. You let the hunky guys take their shirts off. I'll just put my hands on them. I don't want to take my shirt off. I think it's all going to work out just fine for you. And you're also, the James brown bio. Get on up. That's the name of it. And you are being reunited with some good friends. Yeah. Ike Taylor and Octavia Spencer. And all my friends from "The help." But Chadwick Bozeman is the star of the show. Playing such an iconic character, James brown. I think it's going to make you get up on your feet. It will. And I told you when I saw you, you're not a very likable character in this one. Hey, look, listen, once again, I've always been likable. You always know who I am. I'm always warm and fuzzy. You know? I want you not to like me. Come on. That's impossible. But it shows the range at what you're doing, on-screen, off screen, big screen, little screen. I want to emphasize, too, that you can go to hungeris.org to see what you can do to kind of help me and the entertainment industry foundation, safeway, on this fight, to donate money. To educate. To inform yourself on what's happening here in this country. And to get involved. Live a life bigger than yourself. Bigger than hash tags. They do the hash tag and think -- that's great. But come on. Get involved. You're helping our children. Thank you. Viola, great to see you. You can go to our website, too,

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