Actress Viola Davis will be out Friday the 18th December, on the Graham Norton Show, talking about her new movie with late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Butt

The South Carolina-born actress has appeared in dozens of film and television projects over the past 25 years, starting with Bitparts in dramas like NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, and has been a steady presence in Steven Soderbergh’s films from 1998 onwards

Viola performs alongside guests from Graham Norton, Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Vanessa Kirby from The Crown, Daisy May Cooper and singers Michael Ball and Alfie Boe George Clooney also appears on the show

The Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress received the gong for her role in the 2016 Fences, in which she played alongside Denzel Washington

Viola has shown great, rigorous performances as Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad and as Veronica in Steve McQueen’s crime thriller Widows
In terms of television, viewers will know her as no-nonsense attorney Annalize Keating in Shonda Rhimes’ How to Get Away with Murder – the show was also crossed by another Shondaland hit, Scandal

When Viola takes on the role of Michelle Obama in First Ladies, there isn’t much information about it right now other than that it is a Showtime drama commissioned by the network in early 2020

Talking about this drama on the Graham Norton Show, Viola says, “I wish someone would have taken me aside and said, ‘Really think about it’ because people love them, they feel like they know them, and they to own, and they I don’t want anything negative to touch them

“As an actor, you like,” Well where’s the mess? Where is the complexity? “How do I do that with her?”

The big list of roles is endless for Viola, but she also plays in Eat Pray Love, Doubt, Disturbia, Get Rich or Die Tryin, in the film and in the Jesse Stone series, Brothers & sisters, Law & Order : Special Victims Unit and CSI on TV

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, now streamed on Netflix, tells the story of Rainey, the ‘Mother of Blues’, a groundbreaking performer who arrives late for a recording session in 1920s Chicago and has a battle of will with her white Manager and producer in control of their music

As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious cornetist Levee (Chadwick Boseman) spurs his fellow musicians on to a burst of stories that reveal truths that will change the course of their lives forever

Talking about her physical transformation for the role, Viola says, “The breasts are mine, but I also had a lot of padding. I told the costume designer,” I want to look like Aretha Franklin, this is the body I want”” The upholstery had such an effect on me – when I put it on, I felt liberated, felt a lot sexy than I am, and I also felt a lot more owner of my body“I was surprised, but I loved it”

When asked about Chadwick Boseman and working with him on his final screen appearance, she says, “When I found out he was gone, I lost him. I was so surprised because I’d worked with him, I got him thin and seen tired, but there are a lot of thin, tired actors in our business – it’s an exhausting job.But I can’t see his life as tragic because of its integrity and authenticity – he had these in great abundance. He was a character actor in the body of a leader Man ”

Viola is also a producer and has won an Oscar, a Primetime Emmy Award and two Tony Awards She is the first African American actress to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting Time Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012 and 2017.In 2020, the New York Times ranked Davis ninth on its list of the “25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century Century “”

She was born in South Carolina, is 55 years old and is married to Julius Tennon, with whom she founded the production company JuVee. They have an adopted daughter, Genesis

Viola studied acting at the prestigious Julliard School.She works with the Hunger child starvation campaign and has made several donations to her hometown of Central Falls, Rhode Island

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