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01.23.122:36 PM ET

Davis: ‘I Was Terrified of Meryl Streep’

In this clip from Newsweek's 2012 Oscar Roundtable, Viola Davis explains why she wrote a 50-page biography to play the mother of a Catholic schoolboy in "Doubt." The actors talk about other ways they find their characters—and the pitfalls of “doing things” that make a performance seem artificial.
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