US actress Viola Davis hopes her role as a warrior of steel in fact-based epic 'The Woman King' will make women more willing to take risks.
"Viewers need to see more female warriors," Davis said in Toronto. "In today's time and culture, where women are being attacked and losing control over their bodies, it shows we're second-class citizens. I hope women embrace the warrior spirit of the film and learn that they have the power to change the narrative. I hope they become more risk-averse."
She also worked on herself for a long time to build up her own self-esteem. After a standing ovation, Davis said, "I feel like all my life I've allowed myself to be defined by a culture. I've allowed myself to be defined by the naysayers. But I've finally come to the realization that I can define myself."