Viola Davis is leaning all the way into her fight to end hunger. The star of ABC’s hit, “How to Get Away with Murder” has opened up before about her impoverished childhood in Rhode Island: living in a rat-infested home, chronic fatigue from hunger, living with no plumbing, dumpster-diving and stealing to eat. 

Now, the 49-year-old is speaking with ET about a life-changing moment and how her fight to end hunger serves as her therapy: 

I saw ‘The Autobiography of Miss. Jane Pittman’ with Cicely Tyson, so in the midst of all of that poverty, a dream was born. Your dreams have to be bigger than your circumstances.

It’s my way of healing that little child that always follows me with a little ponytail, that was diving through dumpsters, it’s my way of hushing her a little bit, putting a smile on her face. I think it’s the least I can do as I’m walking down the red carpet.

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