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Viola Davis ‘so shy’

Viola Davis has spoken about how being nominated for an Oscar last year for her role in The Help transformed her sense of self and boosted her confidence.

The 47-year-old star’s role in The Help landed her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 2012.

Although Viola was a working actress previous to her monumental success with The Help, she reveals that she faced numerous internal battles with confidence.

The Oscar acknowledgment sent her on a deep quest for personal transformation.

"You know it was a really important job, journey with me,” she revealed to the American edition of OK! magazine.

“I was under so much stress. But it was so important because I felt like I found myself. I’m so shy. I spent so many years in insecurity but for some reason because maybe that movie was so controversial and I had to find my voice in order to defend my choices.

"And then it culminated with me actually taking my wig off, that within all of that I kind of found who I was and stopped apologising for that. It was a huge emotional growth for me.”

Viola doesn’t necessary believe in an Oscars curse.

The actress views it more as an awards season comedown.

“And I always say with awards season the thing that people don’t understand is the day after," Viola explained.

"People call it the Oscar curse, but it’s no Oscar curse. I think that people get so caught up in that gold statue, kind of like in the Bible I guess, the gold statue that they forget that it can mean everything and nothing. You have to keep it in perspective. Because the day after hits and it’s brutal. The quiet is brutal even if you want it, it’s brutal because you have to go back to your life, taking out the trash."

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