March 26, 2022  •  Claudia  •  No Comment  •  Appearances

Viola Davis attends the CAA pre-Oscar party at San Vicente Bungalows.

February 24, 2022  •  Claudia  •  No Comment  •  Articles, Interviews

(CNN) – For those wondering, yes, even one of America’s most decorated modern actresses still gets butterflies when stepping into a new role, especially when she’s playing one of the most iconic women in American history.

In a conversation with media on Wednesday, Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis said playing former first lady Michelle Obama in Showtime’s upcoming limited series “The First Lady” involved “a huge amount of fear.”

“You don’t want to insult them by your portrayal,” she said during a panel for the show at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Obama is one of three first ladies portrayed in the series. It also features Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt in roles that are sure to get awards attention come Emmy season.

As the only actress playing a first lady who is still alive on the show, Davis was asked if she felt extra pressure knowing Obama might see her work. Davis said not only does she acknowledge that fact, but “it keeps you up at night.”

That said, Davis added, “that’s what we live for as artists.”

“It’s a huge exercise in letting go, and it’s a huge exercise in transformation,” she said. “But, to answer the question: Te-rri-fying.”

As Obama, Davis was challenged with capturing not just the woman people saw in front of the camera but also putting into the performance her essence.

In her experiences meeting Obama, Davis said, she was struck by her “sense of worth” and “sense of belonging.”

“[She] seemed like a rooted tree, a rooted oak tree,” she said. “There was nothing about her that felt secondary, that she was the woman behind the man. She absolutely seemed like a person who has a sense of self.”

Davis added: “Barack doesn’t make her someone; she was someone from the moment she came out of her mom’s womb.”

The stories told on “The First Lady,” from executive producers Cathy Schulman (“Crash”) and Susanne Bier (“The Undoing”), span 120 years, but have threads that narratively connect the tales.

It premieres April 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

February 18, 2022  •  Claudia  •  No Comment  •  Television, The First Lady, Videos

First official trailer for “The First Lady” has been released. In case you did not know yet, and I’m sure you do, Viola Davis plays Michelle Obama and she’s terrific already just by the few minutes we see!

February 1, 2022  •  Claudia  •  No Comment  •  Movies, The Woman King

Some hours ago, Viola Davis herself shared a tweet with a first look to her role of Nanisca in The Woman King, which hit theaters this fall.
You can find photos in our photogallery.

December 27, 2021  •  Claudia  •  No Comment  •  Interviews, Videos

It’s no small feat to play a cultural figure as towering and iconic as Aretha Franklin. But with Jennifer Hudson in their corner, “Respect” director Liesl Tommy and screenwriter Tracey Scott Wilson were in good hands. The film traces Franklin’s upbringing as a Detroit minister’s daughter profoundly impacted by familial tragedy, on through to an adulthood of ascendant stardom and the struggle to assert creative and personal agency.

Handpicked for the role 15 years ago by the Queen of Soul herself, there was little doubt that Hudson possessed the show-stopping pipes to grab Franklin’s mic. Her Oscar-winning turn in “Dreamgirls” showed that she could ably convey a spectrum of emotion and backstory through song. “Respect” stands as a testament to Hudson’s evolution as an artist. She thoroughly embodies both the larger-than-life performer onstage and the complicated human offstage, navigating through toxic relationships, family strife, and a contentious political awakening.

Hudson shares her experiences on the project in this intimate conversation with Academy Award winner and screen legend Viola Davis in the video above. Calling “Respect” the most personal project of her career, Hudson details the challenges of portraying a real-life figure who is universally known. She had to expand not only her acting range, but her musical abilities, too. To strip away the famous persona and find the real person underneath, Hudson tells Davis how she drew from both her own traumas and her conversations with Franklin, who encouraged her to “own her voice,” and it’s clear Hudson did just that. She commands “Respect.”


December 2, 2021  •  Claudia  •  No Comment  •  Articles, Interviews

In their new drama The Unforgivable, the Oscar winners share a powerful scene together that touches on white privilege.

As star and producer of the new drama The Unforgivable, Sandra Bullock was an integral part of the film’s casting process and happily admits that she and her fellow producers chased after Viola Davis for a small but pivotal role in the film.

“When you ask someone of Viola’s stature to do something that could ostensibly feel like a cameo, it is because the only person who can do that and have that impact is Viola,” Bullock tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “And then you’re stuck with Viola in your head and you think ‘We will never get her.'”

But they did. In the film, directed by Nora Fingscheidt and based on the 2009 British miniseries Unforgiven, Bullock, 57, plays Ruth Slater, a convicted murderer released from prison after serving 20 years. Davis, 56, plays Liz Ingram, a woman now living in Ruth’s childhood home with her husband and two sons. Bullock and Davis’ big scene together is teased in the trailer, in which Liz confronts Ruth about her privilege, shouting “You are not a victim!”

Without giving anything away, the two Oscar-winning women, who first met and worked together on 2011’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, discussed the impact of working on and filming that particular scene in a collaborative way.

“I feel the catharsis in any scene is the truth of it,” says Davis. “The deeper you dive and the more honestly you dive, then the catharsis is that you left it all on the floor. And that was the beauty of this. But here’s the thing, this job came during the pandemic, during [protests over the killings of] George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, all of that had exploded. All of a sudden these conversations started to be had which weren’t taking place before. So this was a huge opportunity to bring my whole self to the role, my Black self, my female self, every part of me, to this role. And I believe that it benefited the material. That’s what all of those big things were about. And the beauty of it is, I will say it, is the bravery of Sandra, the bravery that she was not afraid of that because a lot of times Hollywood, they don’t want that aspect.”

Read the full article/interview in our press archive.

November 8, 2021  •  Claudia  •  No Comment  •  Stills, Television, The First Lady

Take a look in the gallery for the first photos of Viola Davis as Michelle Obama in the upcoming tv-show “The First Lady”

September 25, 2021  •  Claudia  •  No Comment  •  Articles, Interviews

You might know Viola Davis from one of her iconic films, or her impressive producing repertoire. One thing you might not know about the A list celeb is that she was diagnosed with prediabetes. In fact, roughly one third of American adults have prediabetes and might not even know it.

Prediabetes reflects an elevated blood sugar level that is still below the level of type 2 diabetes, but it can increase your diabetes risk by 50%. Instead of backing down, Davis decided to become an advocate for those with prediabetes and narrated the diabetes-focused documentary A Touch of Sugar. We caught up with Davis about her relationship to diabetes, her diagnosis and what she’s learned through her advocacy.

What is your family’s or your relationship to diabetes?

I’m one of many people who have a family history of diabetes. My two sisters have type 2 diabetes. My great-aunt had diabetes, and my paternal grandmother died from diabetes. I myself was diagnosed with prediabetes a year and a half ago. So it is very much in my genes. I know that my story is similar to a lot of people’s stories. And it’s one of the motivating factors behind me [speaking up].

When I was young, the story was you just got [diabetes]—you got “the suga’. ” And then once you got it, you just lived with it until you weren’t living anymore. There wasn’t any information [about managing diabetes], nobody practiced self-care. I was born in St. Matthew, South Carolina, so our staple foods were cornbread, the rice, the fried foods—fried chicken with all the flour on it. Eating cornstarch—that was a big thing in the South, you ate cornstarch right out of the box. And that’s just what we did. Now, with this generation, the narrative is different—but mixed with a little of the sameness. Because for me, I always say, “I got busy.” I got busy and stopped really paying attention [to my health].

Talk about the impact your diagnosis had on you.
When I was diagnosed with prediabetes, I woke up. It made me feel less invincible, which I actually think is a good thing. I already understood that I was predisposed, but I always thought I was going to be the family member that was different. I don’t eat a lot of sugar. If I eat sugar, I eat fruit. But I didn’t know that it’s way more complicated than that. So when I went in and my doctor did the A1C test, that’s when [I found out my blood sugar] was elevated. That reading was a slap in the face. I felt that I was already a tiny bit vigilant, but I became hyper vigilant, which is harder to do at 63.

Let’s talk about the documentary you narrated, A Touch of Sugar. What was the experience like for you?
There are so many personal testimonies in this documentary. I think that by the time the film ends, the best part is that [everyone interviewed has] hope. Hope that there are advocates out there helping them to manage and live with the disease. I wish so many of my family members understood that. That wasn’t even a part of the conversation back in the day. Nobody ever talked about food, nobody ever talked about weight, no one ever talked about exercise. Nobody ever talked about going to the doctor. They just talked about the suga’. But now there’s information out there. It’s not just this aloneness and silence that comes with the disease, someone just diagnosing you and giving you a pamphlet. Now there’s hope and resiliency.

What do you hope people learn from your story?
Once you speak up and share your story, and you let people know that they’re not alone, then [they] realize that there’s a life preserver out there for them. So, they know what to do if they are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. But they only know that if you open your mouth and offer support. When we’re actually bold enough to have a call to action and brave enough to share, that’s when change has come.


September 19, 2021  •  Claudia  •  No Comment  •  Appearances

The gallery has been updated with HQ photos of Viola Davis at the HempHera Kosmetikos Pre-Emmy Luxury Lounge. Enjoy!

September 6, 2021  •  Claudia  •  No Comment  •  Antwone Fisher, Movies, Screencaptures

The gallery has been updated with over 100 HD screencaptures of Viola Davis in “Antwone Fisher”, enjoy!

The touching story of a sailor (Derek Luke) who, prone to violent outbursts, is sent to a naval psychiatrist (Denzel Washington) for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his new doctor, he confronts his painful past and begins a quest to find the family he never knew.