Viola Davis criticizes her 'First Lady' performance as a horrifying 'Occupational Hazard.'

Viola Davis criticizes her 'First Lady' performance as a horrifying 'Occupational Hazard.' ...

has responded to online critics of in's, claiming that it may be "extremely misgivings" to receive negative feedback on her work, but that ultimately it is her job as an actor to "make bold choices," regardless of how it might be received.

Davis was asked about the extent of online and social media criticism she's faced in her starring role. While Davis noted that she doesn't "have any personal contact with" and therefore has no understanding how the former first lady responds to her criticism of her actions, she is also aware of some backlash about her ability to smile or push her lips in order to appear more like Obama.

The SAG and Oscar winner described online criticism as a "occupational hazards," but added that it can be "incredibly distressing" when people express negative thoughts about your work.

How do you move on from the hurt, from failure? she asked. But you have to. Not everything will be a recognized performance.

Davis then stated that "critics absolutely serve no purpose," while implying that she wasn't "saying that to be nasty." The actress, whose memoir Finding Me gets released on April 26, argues that individuals who criticize a performer's work may believe they're describing something about the performance that she isn't already aware of.

They always feel like youre telling you something you don't know. Somehow, youre living a life that you're covered with people who lie to you and 'I'm going to be the person who leans in and tells you the truth,' Davis said. So it gives them an opportunity to be cruel to you.

While Davis expressed her commitment to making bold choices regardless of her performance or what others around her or on Twitter say, "ultimately, I feel like it is my job as a leader to make bold choices. It is my duty to win or fail."

Davis appears to comprehend the need and high expectations of portraying one of the country's most famous first ladies, and that acting someone who is so recognized by the public was also beneficial.

"Either you're doing too much or too much."

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