Maria Bello introduces Viola Davis at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon, saying she’s thankful that Davis lets this “angry white woman” be her friend.

“Although my childhood was filled with many happy memories, it was also filled with abject poverty; I was one of the 17 million kids in this country who didn’t know where their next meal was coming from,” said Davis, adding that she “sacrificed a childhood for food and grew up in immense shame” and speaking out now allows her to use her celebrity to put a face to the problem.