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Viola Davis: 'I've always wanted to be great'

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Viola Davis: 'I've always wanted to be great'

Actress Viola Davis has always wanted to be great, and believes it takes screwing up to learn how to achieve it.

The 50-year-old has had a stellar career, receiving an Academy Award nomination for her role in 2011 movie The Help, as well as winning two Tony Awards for her work on Broadway.

Viola also became the first African American woman to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series last year (15) for her role in hit series How to Get Away With Murder, but despite it all, she continues to strive for more.

"Here's the thing, and this is where I show my shortcoming — I’ve always wanted to be great," she confessed to Vulture. "I’ve always wanted to be really good at what I did. That's why I love Meryl (Streep), that's why I love Miss (Cicely)Tyson, because they're really great at what they do. They move people with what they do. I want to do something big. And I could really stink at it, but at least I know I did it, and I'll be a better actor for it afterward.

"Other actors know what I mean when I say that. You're a better actor after you've done a really big thing and you've screwed it up. But at least it was bold."

Thankfully Viola hasn't screwed up anything major in her career so far, and she remains grateful for the opportunities which come her way.

While some actors concentrate on the fame and the celebrity, Viola has never been phased by it, focusing solely on her craft and trying to improve.

"As long as I was working, it was worth it," she added. "If I was doing a play Off Broadway, it was worth it because I was working as an actor. It wasn't about making it, it wasn't about celebrity, it was about being an actor."

- Cover Media