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    Viola Davis Is A Powerhouse, And These 13 Eye-Opening Takeaways From "Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event" Prove It

    She's opening up doors for all the young Black girls, and we love to see it!

    Viola Davis is an Academy Award–winning icon who's made her mark in the industry from her memorable onscreen performances, and it's clear to see that there's so much more to know about her success story.

    Actor Viola Davis poses in the press room with the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for 'Fences' at the 89th Annual Academy Awards

    If you didn't know, last week Netflix released Oprah's exclusive interview with the soon-to-be published author, and she talked about her new memoir, Finding Me. Here's what we learned from it:

    Viola Davis is sitting on the left and Oprah is on the right, smiling at each other

    1. The pandemic encouraged Viola to write her memoir after feeling disconnected from the world.

    Viola Davis book "Finding Me" is pictured

    2. Viola had an awful time at school, and remembered other classmates throwing bricks at her.

    A picture of a young Viola Davis

    3. At the age of 14, Viola decided that she was going to be an actor.

    A teenage Viola Davis is pictured

    4. But Viola nearly went into teaching because she needed a stable paycheck.

    Viola Davis onstage in character

    5. After launching her career as a stage actor, Viola opened up about struggling with impostor syndrome.

    Viola Davis is pictured onstage with a sewing machine in front of her and a look of sorrow

    6. Viola recalled that she and her sister Deloris struggled with hygiene and would sometimes go to school dirty because of poverty and neglect.

    7. In school, Viola's principal, Ann Prosser, gave Viola and her sister clothes.

    A picture of Ann Prosser

    8. Viola spoke about the defying moment she stood up to her father when he was abusing her mother.

    Viola Davis is pictured in the middle while her father is on her left, and her mother on the right

    9. But she later learned to forgive her father and developed a close bond with him before he died.

    A picture of Viola Davis and her dad smiling

    10. Viola described her role as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away With Murder as powerful, liberating, and life-changing.

    Viola Davis as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away With Murder

    11. She prayed to find a husband; then, less than a month later, Julius Tennon showed up and invited her to church.

    Viola Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, are pictured

    12. The couple adopted their daughter, Genesis, and Viola told Oprah that it changed her as a woman.

    Julius Tennon, Genesis, and Viola Davis smiling together

    13. And finally, in "owning her story," Viola found self-love.

    Oprah holds up the back cover of Viola's book, showing a young Viola

    You can watch Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event on Netflix now.