In her new memoir to be launched later this month, Viola Davis opens up about her childhood trauma, rising up in poverty, and enduring sexual abuse alongside along with her oldest sisters.
“I depend all of it as pleasure. I do,” Davis, 56, tells PEOPLE. “All of these issues occurred to me, however I personal it. And it’s part of who I’m.”
In Discovering Me, the Tony, Oscar, and Emmy-winner will provide readers perception into her household’s wrestle to make ends meet. The e-book additionally particulars how Davis grew up in a dilapidated, rat-infested constructing and needed to dumpster-dive for meals. The actress additionally unpacks how she was bullied by boys in school for being dark-skinned, and the bodily and emotional abuse she, her sisters and mom skilled by the hands of her alcoholic father.
“You already know if you have a look at footage down reminiscence lane, and also you see it in a different way? I’m little Viola, and I see how robust she was and the way she was only a spitfire,” Davis stated.
“I feel that’s why I wrote the e-book. That if I by some means explored it, unpacked these reminiscences, resolving them, that by some means I might discover my peace.”
As reported beforehand by theGrio, Discovering Me will probably be launched in partnership with Ebony Journal Publishing through HarperOne, a HarperCollins Publishers imprint.
“Viola Davis is a robust truth-teller — via her work on stage and display screen, in addition to in her life,” Judith Curr, HarperOne president and writer, stated in an announcement. “I’m trying ahead to working along with her on a e-book that powerfully reveals the danger and hazard for a Black girl dwelling within the fullness of her skills and items — and the reward and freedom that comes with it.”
Discovering Me will drop on April 26. Days previous to the discharge, the actress will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for a Netflix unique previewing the memoir.