Fans filled the actress's comments with praise for her ability to bring Ma Rainey to life—not just by imitating her style, but also, by capturing the singer's personality on screen.
One fan wrote, "Viola, you really embodied Ma Rainey from beginning to end. You really showed sooo much resilience, charisma and boldness in this film." Another fan said, "Start planning your acceptance speech. This is Oscar worthy!"
But fans weren't the only ones who were impressed. Even her costars revealed how moved they were by her performance. In a behind-the-scenes interview with Netflix, Dusan Brown (Sylvester) said, "I couldn't sense Viola Davis, I could only see her as Ma Rainey."
While talking about her experience playing the role, Davis revealed, "Ma is definitely the boldest, strongest character that I've played in [an August Wilson film]. Absolutely loved it."
Always a treat to see a queen portraying another queen.
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