Every time Viola Davis embraces an acting role, she somehow manages to shine even brighter than the time before. We are blown away by her—both by the dynamic characters she plays and by her high character with which she navigates the world. We can’t put our appreciation for Davis into words, but that does not mean we won’t try.
Her accolades are stunning
Davis is a bonafide superstar on both the silver screen and the small screen. While we love seeing her regularly on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, it’s her consistent capacity to play compelling roles in Oscar-nominated films that leaves us in awe. She has charmed audiences in critically-acclaimed films like Doubt, The Help, Get On Up, Traffic, Fences and many more. She has also dazzled in various hit Broadway productions.
The Triple Crown of Acting is a rare honor reserved for the few entertainers who have earned a combination of Oscar, Emmy and Tony Awards. Davis was the first black entertainer to have accomplished this feat. She was also the first black woman to be nominated for three Academy Awards.
She is working to end childhood hunger
Davis has used her social influence to support various causes over the years, but we are most impressed with her activist work to end childhood hunger.
As an ambassador for Hunger Is, she has helped the foundation raise millions of dollars to feed undernourished children. For her, this issue is personal. In a 2016 interview with ABC News, Davis opened up about her own experience with food insecurity. “It’s so important to me because I was the hungry kid. I grew up in poverty, but it’s not just poor kids that suffer from food-poor households. It’s the middle class. It’s working class … and when you’re hungry, you cannot function.”
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I met @violadavis tonight and definitely didn’t melt into a puddle, I’m fine this is fine. This was especially meaningful because she’s done a significant amount of anti-hunger work, and much of it in her native Rhode Island, where @meansdatabase gets to run the state government’s Rhode To End Hunger initiative. Ms. Davis gave an absolutely incredible, deeply honest speech on representation, running from trauma, and being a hero simply by being alive. What a badass. . #prudential #spiritofcommunity #violadavis #wocmatter #representationmatters #hungeris #endhunger #fangirl
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She’s an adoptive mother
Here at LightWorkers, we think adoption is one of the most powerful forces of love in the world. In 2011, Davis and her husband Julius Tennon adopted a sweet little girl named Genesis. Since that time, she has spoken out so eloquently about the beauty of adoption.
We were so inspired by her wisdom in an interview with In Style. “I always tell Genesis she was born from my heart, not my belly. There are so many ways to mother rather than to carry a child in your body. So many children need parents, and so many of us want to mother. Know that you will experience motherhood to the full extent.”
Her faith guides her
Davis has never shied away from speaking openly about her faith—a true rarity in Hollywood. When she was bestowed with a (well-earned) star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017, she was sure to give God all the glory. “It’s like my life flashing before my eyes and all I can say is God has blessed my life in abundance,” you wrote to the millions who follow your Instagram.
In November 2018, it was announced that Davis and Steph Curry were producing a film about the Charleston church shooting of 2015. We have every confidence that she and Curry will make a film that will be profoundly touching, sensitive and respectful to those who tragically lost their lives while worshiping together at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
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Four years ago this summer, the unthinkable happened. Then the amazing followed. Coming to theaters for two days only—June 17 and June 19—Emanuel tells the true story of the Charleston church shooting. Check out the Teaser Trailer for this inspiring new documentary from executive producers @StephenCurry30 and @ViolaDavis, co-producer @TheRealMariskaHargitay, and director @b.ivie (The Drop Box). #EmanuelMovie #Repost from @emanuelmovie
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Viola, you are radiant. We are in awe of the incredible roles you embody as an actor. However, when the cameras stop rolling, we remain so inspired and uplifted by the beautiful way you live your life.