Viola Davis says she regrets her role in The Help

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By Rebecca Fearn.

Viola Davis first caught Hollywood's attention on the big screen in The Help. The 2011 movie saw a group of African American maids share their stories of abuse, struggle and hardship through Emma Stone's character Skeeter and her book. It was a huge hit with audiences, but it sounds as though Viola may have regrets about her lead role as Aibileen.

Speaking to The New York Times, Viola said: "Have I ever done roles that I've regretted? I have, and The Help is on that list."

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Explaining why, Viola said she didn't feel like the movie allowed audiences to really get to know the characters and understand their struggles from their point of view:

"I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard," she explained.

"I know Aibileen. I know Minny. They’re my grandma. They’re my mom. And I know that if you do a movie where the whole premise is, I want to know what it feels like to work for white people and to bring up children in 1963, I want to hear how you really feel about it. I never heard that in the course of the movie."

Viola did however go on to stress how her experience filming the movie was completely positive:

"[I did not regret it]... in terms of the experience and the people involved because they were all great. The friendships that I formed are ones that I’m going to have for the rest of my life. I had a great experience with these other actresses, who are extraordinary human beings. And I could not ask for a better collaborator than Tate Taylor."

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