Viola Davis on 'Beautiful Creatures,' NAACP Award

Actress discusses playing a mystic with special powers in the upcoming supernatural romance.
3:52 | 02/11/13

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Transcript for Viola Davis on 'Beautiful Creatures,' NAACP Award
What are you doing? King for books your mother had. I have to return them to the library. How did I get home? You were already in bed. How did I get here? Why are you shouting? I'm sorry. I'm -- heard you had trouble at school today. My father always said, trouble follows that family like stink on flies. I promised your mother -- emma, I just -- I don't think it's any of your business. It's electric. Viola davis joins us now. Welcome back. Thank you for having me. You were forbid on the read the book. You cheated? Did. That's the neurotic acting student in me. I needed to read the source material. I read the material, and i thought, oh, emma is a maid. That wasn't going to happen. Not after "the help." I felt like this character needed to be integrated into the life of this community and family in way that wasn't a black woman in servitude. And it's really important. She also has special pow peppers many characters in the movie do. Jeremy irons was here. He called it a love story. It's also a story, a coming of age story about a young girl strurg stru struggling with both sides of herself. And she's claiming here's. She's deciding to take her own fate into her own hands. That's the ultimate message of the movie. The past can't predict your present or future. And you know, but this young adult fantasy. It's nice to have a little message. Brand new for you. You haven't done anything like this before, have you? The only thing, I wish I had a cape. I wish I could fly. You know,ut -- the averngs 14. Hopefully, in will do well so I can do it in the sequel. You did your best. You got down in the swamp with alligat alligators. The alligator sequence, rowing the boat for two niles the swamp. Just think at any moment, an alligator was going to come and I would be toast. You were earning your keep. What are the markings on your back? Those markings, think they look so cool. I have to say. But it's scarification. Tribal scars. Richard showed me pictures of tribal women that had scars from head to toe. I said, richard, I'm not going that far. I don't know how anyone would say in the town who are you? Why are you here? I thought it was a nice touch to make her kind of other-worldly. Yeah, it's just beautiful as well. You haven't been here in about a year. How is your daughter doing, 2 1/2 years old now, genesis? 2 1/2. She's talking. It can be beautiful and frightening. Just the beginning. Viola davis. Thank you for coming back.

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