Viola Davis has shared how she reacted upon learning that Chadwick Boseman died! As People shares, while Davis had no idea that the actor was dealing with a terminal illness, she's chosen to look back on his life with admiration rather than sorrow.

Davis says Boseman "was always living in the moment" 

Davis told Yahoo Entertainment that the news of Boseman's death hit her hard. "I broke down when I heard he passed. Lord knows we all would’ve wanted him to live another 50 years," the actress said of her co-star. "We all want longevity. But I can’t see his life tragically at all." She then went on to talk about why she considers Boseman's approach to life to be an inspiring one.

"Because I felt like he was always living in the moment, squeezing out every bit of life. What it makes me think is, it’s not the quantity, it’s the quality," Davis explained. "What I hold onto with Chad is that he lived his life his way. I would say his professional life has absolutely paralleled his personal life, that’s my guess, in terms of how he lived with the utmost integrity."

Viola Davis, George C. Wolfe, and Chadwick Boseman on the set of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Davis calls Boseman a "hero" because of his "authenticity"

Davis also said in a recent interview with The Guardian that she believes Boseman will be "remembered as a hero"— a remark that has nothing to do with the Marvel superhero he played, "Black Panther"! "I associate that with his authenticity, especially in the midst of a profession that sometimes can suck that out of you," the actress shared.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, made its Netflix debut on December 18. Featuring critically acclaimed performances from both Davis and Boseman, it tells the story of a troubled jazz band in the 1920s. And unbeknownst to all who were involved in its production at the time, the film would end up being Boseman's last, making his role as "Levee" extra memorable!