Viola Davis talks new film, ‘Widows,’ and her 8-year-old daughter’s wisdom

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Merrick Morton/Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK)-- In her latest film, Widows, Oscar-winner Viola Davis plays a fierce widow whose husband and others are  killed during an attempted robbery.  Her character then recruits the other widows to pull off a heist her late husband was planning.

"The heist is just a metaphor for women saying, 'You know what? My life isn't working for me. I got to pay my bills, so I'm going to make it work," Davis told Tuesday's Good Morning America

"That's what women have to do," Davis continued.  "You have a lot of single mothers out there, you have to pay the bills, dealing with no health insurance; they have to get it done. And this movie, you'll see. It's for the girls."

Davis's own girl -- eight-year-old daughter Genesis -- once gave her mom some sage advice about life, after hearing her on the phone with her manager.

"[We were] haggling over something and she said, 'Mommy, put the phone down. I got to tell you, don't let anybody put their life into your life. If they put their life into your life, you have to tell them to get out because they don't have the pass-code,'" Davis said.

"I put the phone down and I said, 'Genesis, say that again so I can write it down.' She teaches me a lot."

Davis also shared her go-to mantras with GMA

"'The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are,'" she said.  And another: "You don't have to hustle for your worth. You don't have to barter for it. 'You're just born worthy. "

Davis said she wants some of these inspirational words to apply to her daughter as well:  "I want her to know that exactly who she is, is enough."

Widows is out this Friday.

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