Viola Davis revealing she is a “little scared” to play Michelle Obama in the upcoming Showtime series, ‘First Ladies.’ She says Michelle Obama really sacrificed a lot being in the White House, being the first lady, but being the first lady of color. That’s why she has no intention of speaking to the former First Lady until the series is over.
Continue reading 7 Times Viola Davis Gave Us First Lady Michelle Obama Realness
7 Times Viola Davis Gave Us First Lady Michelle Obama Realness
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It looks like Viola Davis will be taking on the role of a lifetime.
In the upcoming Showtime anthology series, the Oscar winner will be playing none other than Former First Lady Michelle Obama.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, First Ladies, a one-hour drama, will focus on the personal and political lives of some of the White House’s most famous spouses, with the first season showcasing Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford.
“In the East Wing of the White House, many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic First Ladies,” the logline reads, adding, “This series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of our most enigmatic heroes.”
The HTHAWM star and our #ForeverFLOTUS have met in the past. Earlier this year, Viola wished the "Queen" a "Happy Birthday," by tweeting out this throwback pic taken in the White House years ago.
Clearly playing any First Lady isn't easy, but playing this country's first African-American one is going to be a challenge. An actress would have to dig deep and embody all the obstacles that Mrs. Obama had face from not wanting to be in the spotlight to being labeled as "an angry Black woman" from mainstream media to finding her own identity during the 8 years she and former President Obama lived in the White House.
That, and whoever were to play her would have to channel that level of strength, regalness and sparkle, Michelle exudes every time she walks into a room. But here's what we know: If anyone can do it and do it well, it's Viola.
So to celebrate this amazing casting news, here are 7 times that whether on the red carpet, speaking her mind or giving an inspiring speech, Viola Davis gave us First Lady Michelle Obama realness.