Viola Davis Says Director She Knew ‘for 10 Years’ Once Called Her by His Maid’s Name

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Viola Davis is not the help.

The Oscar, Tony and Emmy winner has revealed that an unnamed filmmaker — a friend of nearly a decade — slipped up and called her by his maid’s name.

Davis, 56, dropped the bombshell claim during the “Women in Motion” event Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival: “He called me Louise — and I found out it was because his maid’s name was Louise.”

The diss went down when the now-revered “The First Lady” star was just starting out in the film biz. Davis added that it was not an isolated incident — but the sort of disturbing occurrence that happened repeatedly.

“I knew him for 10 years,” said Davis, clad in a scarlet suit. “I was maybe around 30 at the time, so it was a while ago — but what you have to realize is that those micro-aggressions happen all the time.”

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SOURCE: New York Post, Samantha Ibrahim