Denzel Washington says the story of Fences had been a long time coming. When he was first asked to consider the film years ago, he took a step back and decided to do the play first.

Now, six years later, he explains the journey to becoming director and how co-stars like Viola Davis make doing his job so much better.

Watch the theGrio’s interview with the two-time Academy Award-winning actor in the clip above.

Want to catch more #FencesMovie news? Check out this bonus clip with Fences star Viola Davis on working with Denzel Washington and what the movie taught her about family.