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Thursday 21 August 2014

Viola Davis: My daughter will be dynamic

Viola Davis

Viola Davis hopes her "wonderful" daughter will grow up to change the world.

The 47-year-old Academy Award-nominated actress adopted two-year-old daughter Genesis late last year.

Viola is committed to raising Genesis in a manner that would allow her child to become a force of change.

"[She's] wonderful. I want her to identify as a citizen of the world and not just her small community. I want her to feel like she can be instrumental in changing and shifting the world by using her education," Viola told People magazine.

"It is a combination of the education she will be getting at school and the education she will be getting in terms of tapping into her voice and her authentic self. I do not want her to be a passive citizen."

Viola is also interested in providing Genesis with a fantastic childhood.

"I didn't have a sense of security growing up. I grew up in dysfunction [and] in poverty, and it took me years of therapy to make up for all the years that I had lost," she explained.

"Now that I have a child I am just feeling like a bull in terms of protecting the security, the innocence [and] the power of having a beautiful child full of joy. It means everything to me."

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