At 48, Viola Davis is finally more comfortable discussing her childhood. Growing up in a condemned building in Central Falls, R.I., that was “boarded up and infested with rats,” she talks about not having anything to eat.
“I was one of those kids who grew up hungry,” Davis says in People magazine. “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.”
Davis has now partnered with the Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to raise awareness and funds for the Hunger Is campaign.
“We have an image of hunger that comes from Africa, but this is America,” Davis says. “And unless your belly is distended, we don’t have an image of what hunger looks like here.
Read the entire interview in this week’s issue of People.