Viola Davis Talks About Being "Blissfully Comfortable" at 51

Courtesy of Today

"Maybe all of the experiences I've had have just marinated into this beautiful pot of me."

Viola Davis went on NBC's Today show to talk about her role in Denzel Washington's Fences, and she spoke about how happy she is in her current life.

Hoda Kotb asked about how Davis feels about this year being a "crescendo" in her film career. Davis said she thinks part of the reason she's so successful now is because of how confident she feels. She said that it was unexpected because initially she was "bracing for impact at 50."

The actress added that at age 51, "The fall hasn't happened. I've been blissfully comfortable in my own skin." Davis added, "I think what's happened is probably just so many years of not feeling comfortable, that maybe I just got tired. Maybe all of the experiences I've had have just marinated into this beautiful pot of me." 

Davis said she appreciates all of the little things like food, a well-stocked cabinet, her six-year-old daughter having a nice coat and her husband who loves her.  

"I appreciate it because I've had nothing," said Davis. "You know, when you're poor, you're invisible. I don't care what anyone says, poor people are invisible. What I have now is because I've had to work so hard to get everything that I've gotten in life. It's like the saying, 'The happily ever after comes after you've done the work.'"

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