Viola Davis Discusses Her Painful Childhood With Oprah on Netflix Special

Oprah and Viola: A Netflix Special Event (Credit: Netflix)

Oprah Winfrey sits down with Viola Davis for a candid interview about the Oscar-winning actress’ life and her new memoir, Finding Me.

During the conversation, the Fences and How to Get Away with Murder star discusses growing up in unimaginable poverty, disturbing abuse and “all the things that cause you pain.” The discussion will be produced by Harpo and air exclusively on Netflix, the streaming service announced Thursday.

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According to the official synopsis, “Viola reveals how ‘giving up hope that the past could be different’ has brought her peace, forgiveness and a sense of self. Viola also explains how she manifested the loves in her life and what it took to become one of the most celebrated and talented actresses of our time.”

The 48-minute special titled Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event premieres on April 22. The project is executive produced by Tara Montgomery and Terry Wood, and co-executive producer Brian Piotrowicz.

In addition to her memoir, Viola Davis has a full slate of new projects including Showtime miniseries, The First Lady. Davis plays former first lady Michelle Obama alongside Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt. The series looks deep into the political and personal lives in the women’s journeys to Washington and their impact on the White House.

The First Lady premieres Sunday, Apr 17 at 9 PM ET/PT on Showtime.