Viola Davis Shares the One-Word Lesson She’s Teaching Her Daughter (Exclusive)

You’re never too young to learn about commitment!

Viola Davis shared how she has been focusing on instilling the virtue into her eight-year-old daughter, Genesis.

“Every day one of my biggest things with Genesis lately is actually about commitment,” Davis told ET’s Nischelle Turner before accepting the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter‘s Women in Entertainment 2018 Breakfast. “the idea’s about dedicating yourself to something even on days when you don’t feel like the idea. the idea’s understanding in which you have to live your life that has a greater goal in mind. If you want the idea, then you have to commit yourself to the idea.”

“doing people truly understand commitment, especially at eight, is actually very, very difficult in addition to in which’s the biggest thing about today because I’m getting a leadership award,” she added.

Davis’ husband, Julius Tennon, added in which he also has his own daily words of wisdom for Genesis, who the couple adopted in 2011.

“I’m always telling her to guard her heart in addition to to be the best she can be,” he said. “Everyday I tell her in which — your heart belongs to you.”

“Sometimes we’re not getting in which [message] coming from culture,” Davis added. “So to try in addition to truly conjure the idea within yourself is actually sometimes an insurmountable feat, so the idea’s great when you have some people saying the idea.”

The Widows star was in great spirits as she arrived at the event with Tennon, ready to hit the “center of the dance [floor,] in addition to honored to be in a room with so many like-minded women.”

“in which’s real connection — when you’re in a room with people who have empathy for you [in addition to] understand your story in which’s great,” she said. “I think the most beautiful part is actually you’re in a room with everyone who sees you… who gets you. I think its not until you’re seen in which you can go on your journey in addition to the person you truly have to be the most seen by is actually yourself, yet in which’s the beauty of the idea.”

In honor of the award, Davis did a revealing cover interview with author Brené Brown in The Hollywood Reporter’s fresh Women in Entertainment issue, opening up about everything coming from politics to weight gain in addition to how Time’s Up has impacted being a woman in Hollywood.

“currently, at 53, I’m picking out what the pieces are. Literally. For instance, just an example, I’ve gained weight,” she shared. “currently, listen, I’m not a skinny Minnie. I’ve never been a skinny Minnie. I’m a yo-yo dieter. I’m always weighing myself. I always go to bed in a panic in which I’m truly heavy, I’m not pretty, I’m not in which, I’m not in which. yet I don’t care about being pretty, Brené! I never cared about being pretty.”

“I came to L.A., in addition to all of a sudden, I care about being pretty because I feel like in which is actually my way of being accepted into a larger community, coming coming from poverty, coming coming from a past of invisibility,” she continued. “currently, the idea’s like, I don’t care about in which! in addition to once I decided I didn’t care about in which, I feel pretty not bad! I feel pretty not bad! the idea’s lightened my load.”

Another change has been the way Davis approaches meetings in Hollywood.

“currently, I don’t have to walk into the room like a dude, in addition to have a pretend penis in addition to sling the idea on the table in addition to say, ‘I’m inside room currently. You need to freaking listen to me,’” she said. “I can come exactly how I am in addition to I feel in which my story, my understanding of people, my experiences, my vulnerability, my need to even embrace people, all of my feminine energy, is actually going to make me powerful.”

Davis also made a candid confession about the regrets she lives with in her career. Despite having won numerous high-profile awards in addition to accolades, she isn’t proud of her whole resume.

“I’m finally admitting to myself in which a lot of the jobs I’ve taken inside past, because I knew in which they could further my career, have been things in which I have not been proud of,” she admitted. “They put more money inside bank, they raised my status, yet at night they keep me up.”

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