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Viola Davis On the Pressures of Starring in 'The Help' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 15th 2011 1:15PM
Viola Davis talks about 'The Help' on 'The Early Show'Playing a role in the movie adaptation of a bestselling novel can be great exposure, but it also brings its own unique set of problems, according to Viola Davis. Monday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS), Davis spoke about playing Aibileen Clark in the new film 'The Help' based on the 2009 Kathryn Stockett novel of the same name.

"I want to rename this movie 'The Pressure Cooker,'" she said, "because so many people have read it, so many people have grown up with these surrogate mothers. And then there was a huge pressure with the African American community because I was playing a maid in 2011 and there's so much kind of stigma attached to playing a maid in movies."

Regardless, Davis said she was thrilled to be able to play the role. "It was such a joy to go on the journey," she said, "to just pay homage to these women who contributed so much to our culture." She was also happy it made anchor Chris Wragge cry. "I don't know if you want to say that on national television," she teased. Wragge didn't seem to mind.

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