Viola Davis is an Oscar-nominated actress, who is also the star of the new Shonda Rhimes series How To Get Away With Murder.
Davis was honored among other celebrities at the Variety’s Power of Women luncheon for her humanitarian efforts. She works with the Hunger Is campaign to raise awareness about hunger in the United States.
Davis opened up about her childhood in an emotional speech. She says she went as far as to diving into maggot-infested garbage containers to search for food.
“Now I’m crying, I didn’t expect to come her and cry, I expected to come and drink lots of champagne. Says Davis
Her childhood is what sparked her interest in becoming involved with the Hunger Is campaign.
Davis grew up in Central Falls, Rhode Island, more than 30 percent of the 19,000 large population lives below the poverty line; a figure that is more than twice the national average; according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Davis on her childhood:
“I was one of the 17 million kids in this country who didn’t know where the next meal was coming from, and I did everything to get food, I’ve stolen for food, I’ve jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food, I have befriended people in the neighborhood who I knew had mothers who cooked three meals a day for food, and I sacrificed a childhood for food and grew up in immense shame.”
Check out the clip of Viola Davis acceptance speech: