Denzel Washington rarely drops quotes that kindle a brow raise, but during an industry roundtable he shared some unorthodox acting advice that he gives his daughter. Denzel was recently featured on the Hollywood Reporter’s annual actor’s roundtable with fellow thespians Jamie Foxx, Matt Damon and Richard Gere and during the conversation his daughter Olivia who’s an aspiring was brought up. Here’s what Mr. Washington had to say about the advice he shares with her:
“I tell my daughter — she’s at NYU — I say: ’You’re black, you’re a woman, and you’re dark-skinned at that. So you have to be a triple/quadruple threat.’ I said: ‘You gotta learn how to act… You gotta learn how to dance, sing, move onstage.’ That’s the only place, in my humble opinion, you really learn how to act. I said: ‘Look at Viola Davis.’ I said That’s who you want to be. Forget about them little pretty girls.”
Interesting choice of guidance that probably wouldn’t be heard from just any father’s advice. But let us know if you think Olivia should keep this in mind or if Denzel’s thoughts are a bit too archaic.
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