Viola Davis Interview with Oprah

Days before Oprah and Viola Davis sat down together for an enlightening conversation celebrating Davis’ magnificent honesty To find me memory, a New York Times best-selling, Oscar-winning actress was filming in South Africa The female king. If you’re intrigued by the title alone, allow us to fill you in on what to expect when the action-packed movie hits theaters on September 16th.

The female king tells the story of the Amazons, which is loosely based on the All-female warrior tribe of the African Kingdom of Dahomey. “They were called the Amazons, and they were soldiers who fought for the kingdom,” Davis tells Oprah of the historic tribe. “They couldn’t get married; they could not have children; they couldn’t have sex. And they fought, basically, all the neighboring tribes of all men – the Oyo tribe, the Mahi – and they were just badass, you know? »

Although Davis’ explanation is compelling enough to have us starting lining up for tickets right now. very minute, she shared that at the heart of the film is a “tremendous story” of reconciliation between General Nanisc, played by Davis, and his ambitious daughter Nawi, played by South African actress Thuso Mbedu.

According to BBC Travel, King Ghezo ruled Dahomey from 1818 to 1858 and assembled the all-female army due to limited manpower due to the European slave trade. However, the same BBC Travel report notes a possibility that Queen Hangbe, who reigned over Dahomey, actually formed the group as a means of having her own bodyguards. John Boyega plays Ghezo in The female king, though it’s unclear if Hangbe will be portrayed in the film. In 1892 the Amazons were defeated by the French, but Davis says The female king is sure to give viewers a “window into their lives”.

Midway through her conversation with Oprah, Davis joked that she was the “oldest warrior” at 57. Still, she “felt proud” of herself and her husband, Julius Tennon, for “having had the insight to even do this awesome piece of work.”

Far more important than any box office success is what Davis walked away with, however. “Looking at all these young women who are part of this story, I’m telling you, I see the future in a lot of these young girls,” she tells Oprah. “The confidence they have, the work ethic they have, it made me so proud to see how they showed up every day at work, how they understood the mission.”

Watch the official trailer for The female king below. Then check out Oprah and Davis’ full conversation above.

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THE WOMAN KING – Official Trailer (HD)

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The female king hits theaters September 16.

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