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Viola Davis responds to criticism of her Michelle Obama portrayal

She told BBC News that it is “incredibly hurtful when people say negative things about your work”, but it comes with the territory.

“How do you move on from the wounded, from failure?” she said. “But you have to. Not everything will be an award-winning achievement.”

Some on social media have criticized Davis for her performance and focused on what they saw as her exaggerated facial expression.

Davis told the media that “Critics absolutely serve no purpose. And I’m not saying that for being ugly either.”

She said these critics feel that “you are surrounded by people who lie to you and ‘I want to be the person who leans in and tells you the truth'”, allowing them to be “cruel.”

“But in the end, I feel it’s my job as a leader to make bold choices,” Davis said. “Win or fail, it’s my duty to do so.”

“The First Lady” also features Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt. It dives into the lives of the former first ladies.

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