Viola Davis felt like ‘dying a quick death’ during epic Emmy speech

Viola Davis’s acceptance speech after becoming the first black woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama was nothing short of inspiring. However, now she’s confessing it didn’t feel that way at the time.

Tuesday, while visiting Seth Meyers on the Late Night show, the actress admits she had a hard time reading the audience’s reaction to her words while on stage. “I am dying a quick death,” she recalls thinking to herself.

It was not till later that she realized how well her words had been received by her peers and fans alike.

“I felt the great wall of silence,” she told Meyers. “My husband afterwards said, ‘Vee, I didn’t know where you were going with that.’”

Check out the segment above.