Viola Davis: 'I've Never Determined My Value Based On My Looks'

Entertainment | 12/07/2015 | 02:45 PM EST

(Photo:InStyle Magazine)

Emmy-winning actress reveals why she's not afraid of aging

Viola Davis is preaching a word in the January 2016 issue of InStyle magazine.

The Emmy-winning actress sports her signature 'fro and a 100-watt smile as the glossy's first cover girl of the year. Inside the issue, Davis discusses her trouble with being considered a "celebrity," her trips to space with her five-year-old daughter and the confidence she feels in being self-aware.



Read a few excerpts from her interview below.

On being called a "celebrity"...

"I know people always say that I'm a star and a celebrity, but I never feel like one. Taking care of a 5-year-old, cooking at home, and running to the set when you've had four hours of sleep, you don't feel like a movie star. Then, every once in a while, you put something on that makes you feel cute."

On her style vs. that of her "How To Get Away With Murder" character Annalise Keating...

"If I were to compare my style to Annalise Keating, I would say that I have absolutely no style. Annalise Keating is an Alexander McQueen, kinda Max Mara girl. That's not me. I have a five
year old, so..."

On spending time with her five-year-old daughter Genesis...

"We go into space. We explore different planets. This ship is in danger. We almost died at one point. We lost oxygen."

On aging...

"What's released me most from the fear of aging is self-awareness. I've never determined my value based on my looks or anything physical. I've been through a lot in life, and what has gotten me through is strength of character and faith."

Read Davis' entire interview when the January 2016 issue of InStyle hits newsstands Dec. 11.


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