How Viola Davis Keeps the Magic Alive in Her Marriage: ‘Every Day Is Like a Date’

I love how happy Viola is with her family … and People seems to also as they asked her about her marriage to Julian Tennon recently.

What’s the secret to a lasting marriage?

“It’s about the everyday,” Viola Davis told PEOPLE during a Vaseline Healing Project event. “I think that, that’s what people forget when they fall in love with someone and it’s exciting.”

“You have to get back to the everyday – the taking the garbage out, the cooking, the cleaning – and it’s something that I think really works with me and my husband,” Davis, 50, who tied the knot with actor Julius Tennon in 2003.

“Every day is like a date,” added the actress, who is also mother to daughter Genesis, whom Davis and Tennon adopted in 2011

The How to Get Away with Murder star also said it’s the “simple things that are very, very special” and that “make a marriage.”

She shares that her husband “just gave me a book. It says, ‘How Do I Love Thee Viola? Confirmations Of Love By Julius.’ I have it in my bag, and I bring it with me every day to work, and each day is another love affirmation.”

How to Get Away with Murder returns Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

NAACP Awards

Friday night Viola presented an award to Michael B. Jordan at the NAACP Awards. She wowed in a dress by St. John.

Gallery Links:
Viola Davis Online > 2016 > February 5 | NAACP Awards
Viola Davis Online > 2016 > February 5 | NAACP Awards – Audience
Viola Davis Online > 2016 > February 5 | NAACP Awards – Ceremony
Viola Davis Online > 2016 > February 5 | NAACP Awards – Backstage

Mistress of Murder: 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Viola Davis

The secret of who shot her character, Annalise Keating, has been revealed, but there is much more to be disclosed as the second half of season two of How to Get Away With Murder gets underway Feb. 11 on ABC. Meanwhile, here are five things you may not know about Viola Davis, 50.

1. She and her husband, Julius Tennon, spent their honeymoon at George Clooney’s estate in Italy.
2. The Help star began wearing wigs after losing half her hair at age 28 to alopecia areata caused by stress.
3. Davis is the first African American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
4. An inspirational speaker, she donates a large portion of her fees to charities, including Upward Bound and Hunger Is.
5. One of her favorite ways to relax is in her home’s Jacuzzis. (She’s got two!)

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SAG winner Viola Davis takes on diversity and expectations

Analise Keating may not be a hero, but Viola Davis just might be.

Davis has won an Emmy, an NAACP Image Award, and two Screen Actors Guild awards for her performance as Keating, a charismatic if conniving law professor on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.” Saturday she spoke openly during her acceptance speech about the challenges of getting people to come to terms with who the character is, instead of who they perceive her to be.

“People are always saying, ‘Wow, Annalise is an antihero,’ and ‘Don’t you worry she’s not likable?’ and ‘Don’t you worry she’s not a mentor?’” Davis said, before continuing, “And I always think, why do I have to be a hero? Why do you have to like me? Why do I have to be a mentor? My job as an actor is to create a human being to the best of my ability. Flawed, messy, maybe not always likable, maybe not always cute.”

But as much as that might ring true of her character, it couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to Davis herself.

Throughout her time at Sunday night’s SAG awards, Davis shared insight about diversity with gathered journalists.

“We’ve become a society of trending topics. Diversity is not a trending topic. It’s just not. All the actors of color I know don’t place any limitations on themselves. Regardless of what’s going on with the Academy, regardless of what’s going on in Hollywood, they will find a way to be excellent. We always have and always will.”

Davis also weighed in on the pending Oscars boycott, saying that whatever people choose to do regarding the Academy Awards is immaterial and what really counts is what they do at the box office.

“Plop your money down to see ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and ‘Dope’ and ‘Selma.’ Support directors like Ava DuVernay, Lee Daniels, Spike Lee. Their stores are just as valid and important as anyone else’s. That’s more important than boycotting.”

Ultimately, Davis points out, stories about people of color are just stories about people.

“I think that sometimes people feel like stories of people of color are not inclusive. They are. The works of August Wilson is everyone’s story. When you watch Annalise, she’s not just a black woman. She’s a woman going through life.”

The thoughts Davis shares are simple but her words speak volumes. You may not like Annalise Keating, but it’s pretty hard not to like Viola Davis.

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Screen Actors Guild Acceptance Speech

The Screen Actors Guild Awards

Congratulations to Viola on her win for Outstanding Female Actor Drama for her role on How to Get Away with Murder. I have added a bunch of images to the gallery from the event. Viola looked beautiful in a lavender Zac Posen gown accented with Buccellati jewels.

Thank you to Carol, Lindsey, Gabby, Mouza & AliKat for sharing some of thes

Gallery Links:
Viola Davis Online > 2016 > January 30 | Screen Actors Guild Awards
Viola Davis Online > 2016 > January 30 | Screen Actors Guild Awards – Ceremony
Viola Davis Online > 2016 > January 30 | Screen Actors Guild Awards – Press Room

Gallery Update | The Help

Viola was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Aibileen Clark in the film The Help. This is a phenomenal film with a stellar performance by Viola.

Gallery Links:
Viola Davis Online > Films > 2011 | The Help

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