Academy Award nominee Viola Davis is opening up about her troubled childhood in this week’s issue of People magazine and the star is sharing with fans some rather shocking details about her life as a kid.
“I was one of those kids who grew up hungry. I’m 48 years old now, and it’s only been recently that I can admit that I would jump in trash bins looking for food and I would steal from the corner store because I was hungry,” she tells the publication about growing up in Central Falls, R.I. “I would fall asleep in school on a daily basis because we had nothing.”
The actress and philanthropist, who recently starred in Ender’s Game, is currently working with Safeway Foundation and Entertainment Industry Foundation and is helping head the Hunger Is campaign. The 48-year-old actress revealed that programs such as Hunger Is is the reason why she has achieved her life goals.
“I am the first generation of my family to go to college. Those programs made all the difference for me,” she shared. “It’s been cathartic for me because I always had a lot of shame with going in the garbage dumps that had maggots in it, too. It has brought healing in my life to be able to talk about it.”
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