Quote: "It's the best place to work because she has great white wine in her office... Because when you are in 'Shondaland', you have to be ready for anything salacious, and I'm not a salacious woman." Actress Viola Davis loves to visit writer/producer Shonda Rhimes in her office to discuss plot lines for her show How To Get Away With Murder.
Quote: "I said, 'Genesis, you've gotta be an individual on Halloween. Everyone's gonna be Elsa (from Frozen).' She said, 'OK, mummy, I wanna be you.' And I said, 'What about Wonder Woman? What about a pirate?' She said, 'No, mummy, I just wanna be you.' So I put her in my afro wig... and every time we knocked on the door, people said, 'So who are you?' She said, 'I'm Viola Davis, the Emmy winner.'" Viola Davis couldn't stop her four-year-old daughter from paying homage to her mother with her Halloween costume. The actress became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series earlier this year (15).
Quote: "One of them was produced by Sylvester Stallone - I love Sylvester Stallone - and it was called Father Lefty, and I knew it wouldn't make it because it was about a Roman Catholic priest who sang Frank Sinatra songs during sermons, and by night he was a private detective... and I was the nun! I was a cussing out, sassy nun. How you gon' be a cussing, sassy nun?" Actress Viola Davis recalls one of her many TV pilots which failed to make it to air before landing the lead in producer Shonda Rhimes' How to Get Away with Murder.
Quote: "I would shoplift every once in a while, only because I grew up really poor, so whenever I went into the grocery store, the ice cream was always really attractive... I don't know why, I would always put them down my pants... and then I would run like hell, because it was cold...! My career in shoplifting ended because I shoplifted a brownie. Now you can't put a brownie in your pants, 'cause it squishes, so I tried to steal that brownie and this guy cussed me out so bad, that I felt like, 'If I don't end this right now, I'm gonna go to (jail)." Actress Viola Davis confesses to stealing sweet treats as a young kid in Rhode Island.
Quote: "I lost a Miss Central Falls Recreation contest when I was six and that literally dictates my entire life... I was gonna sing Abra-ca-dabra from the De Franco Family and I peed in my pants and with my finger in my mouth. Can you imagine? With snot dripping down my nose... It didn't work." Viola Davis' recent Emmy Awards win might help her overcome a devastating contest moment from her childhood.
Quote: "You can't show a thigh, you can't show the breasts... which I'm grateful for, by the way. The only thing you can show on me is my feet." Actress Viola Davis is happy network bosses can't show too much during sex scenes in her TV drama How To Get Away With Murder.
Quote: "I'm not comfortable with any sex scene, but I just don't want my mum seeing it. So every Thursday night I give her money to go to the casino. She goes to the casino every single night, but this Thursday especially she will be going to the casino..." Actress Viola Davis is determined to keep her mother away from the TV on Thursday nights when she knows she has a sex scene in racy U.S. drama How To Get Away With Murder.
Quote: "Oprah sent a huge flower arrangement... I love being at the receiving end of all her big gifts. She sent Jay Z's champagne to me, and I always look it up to see how much it costs... it's $450 (£281) a bottle! But Oprah's got a lot of money... It's very tacky of me, I know. And then I drink it real slow." Actress Viola Davis on the extravagant gift she received from the TV mogul after the How To Get Away With Murder star won her first Emmy on Sunday (20Sep15), becoming the first black star to win in the leading actress category in the prizegiving's history.
Quote: "When I'm home I sit in my jacuzzi; I have two of them - although I don't use the indoor one as much because I know there's a water shortage in California and I don't want people to think I'm using too much water... I go out with my pepper spray and my metal pipe - because coyotes, I'm not going down like that." Actress Viola Davis likes a good soak when she's not working.
Quote: "I think she is just the greatest woman... I call her Jennifer... We've been friends since (1998 movie) Out of Sight; we just clicked, two sisters." Viola Davis had a blast working with her old pal Jennifer Lopez on new movie Lila & Eve.
Quote: "I’ve been doing my research on Amanda Waller and I’m a little scared because she’s really unapologetic. She’s on the right side of the law, but really she should probably be at Rikers Island (prison)." Viola Davis is terrified of her Suicide Squad role.
Quote: "I got a bunion on my right foot, so before the awards I said, 'Just in case something happens...' I told my husband to go to the store and get a can of Crisco (shortening) to use as a lubricant on my feet... It worked very well. I recommend it. It keeps the friction away from the shoe and the toe and there you go!" Actress Viola Davis shares the last-minute beauty secret she had to employ just hours before accepting a Screen Actors Guild award last month (Jan15).
Quote: "There's always people, like, Meryl Streep said she saw a couple of episodes, which I'm shocked that she has time to do that... One man came up to me and I forget who. It's a big actor. I'm forgetting because I was so nervous and I had to stop and I said, 'You watch the show?' It's not a dude show... He said, 'No, I watch it every week. It's great.'" Viola Davis is stunned to receive compliments from celebrity fans of her hit Tv drama How To Get Away With Murder.
Fact: Viola Davis' new legal drama How To Get Away With Murder scored a monster debut when it premiered in the U.S. on Thursday night (25Sep14), drawing more than 14 million viewers. The show aired directly after the season four premiere of another Shonda Rhimes series, Scandal, which attracted an audience of 12 million.
Quote: "It'll keep the marriage alive." Viola Davis on her racy scenes in new Tv drama How to Get Away With Murder.
Quote: "I don't Tweet... I joined Facebook because I like snooping on other people's pages... I look at the pictures and I look at all the inappropriate comments." Actress Viola Davis refuses to give up information about herself on social media, but loves reading everyone else's gossip.
Fact: The Help star Viola Davis is heading back to Tv to star in a new legal thriller. The actress will lead the cast in How To Get Away With Murder as a criminal defence professor who becomes embroiled in a murder plot. The series, co-produced by Scandal's Shonda Rhimes, will air on America's ABC network. Davis previously had a recurring role on crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and comedy series United States of Tara.
Quote: "I picked it because of the colour. I didn't realize my ta-tas would be so prevalent. I just pushed them up. I felt as long as they weren’t hanging down to my knees I'm doing pretty good." Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis had no idea how much cleavage she was bearing in the orange Herve L. Leroux dress she wore to the Naacp Image Awards in Los Angeles last week (17Feb12).
Fact: Oscar nominee Viola Davis has posed without her trademark wig for a stunning new Los Angeles Times Magazine photoshoot.
Fact: Oscar favourites George Clooney and Viola Davis have teamed up to shoot a vintage Academy Awards-inspired cover shoot for U.S. magazine Entertainment Weekly. Clooney is expected to land a Best Actor nomination for The Descendants, while Davis is a favourite to pick up a Best Actress nod for The Help.
Quote: "I’d absolutely love to set her up with Louis. That kid is so cute. He’s going to be a bruiser. But let’s try to get a playdate in first. If they are ever in the same place, we’ll get them together." The Help star Viola Davis is eager to set her 16-month-old daughter Genesis up with Sandra Bullock's young son Louis.
Fact: Oscars Best Actress favourite Viola Davis is to be honoured with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at January's (12) Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California.
Quote: "I grew up in abject poverty (and) there were things about the book that struck me as disingenuous, like the fact that everybody had a phone. That's the first thing that goes when you don't have money. Minnie had a phone , and Minnie could barely afford to feed her family. The phone would be gone." Actress Viola Davis still has questions about Kathryn Stockett's bestseller The Help. She stars as a southern maid in the film adaptation of the story.
Quote: "The worst part of the camera for me is watching myself. I just hate looking at myself. I mean, I've got big lips. And I'm looking at the screen, and I'm like, 'The lips!'" The Help star Viola Davis hates watching herself onscreen.
Quote: "She's wonderful. A complete and total blessing for us." New mum Viola Davis gushes about her baby daughter Genesis, who she adopted with husband Julius Tennon earlier this month (Oct11).
Fact: Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis, Naomi Watts and Evan Rachel Wood will be among the stars honoured at Elle magazine's annual Women in Hollywood gala at the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles on 17 October (11).
Quote: "I can't deal with actors. I can't deal with myself. We're neurotic and miserable... I love doing what I'm doing, but while I'm doing it, I'm miserable." Oscar nominee Viola Davis.
Quote: "It was freezing, all day rain. Day one, we shot 12 hours, over and over, dozens of times. Then we had to come back and do it all over another day. I had a running nose. I don't know why Halle Berry can cry so beautifully and, me, the nose runs and the eyes bug out." Actress Viola Davis insists filming emotional scenes with Meryl Streep on the set of DOUBT wasn't at all fun.
Quote: "It was not pleasant to have boogers running down my nose in front of Meryl Streep. But I figured that if I could affect her character then let the boogers spill!" Viola Davis on the trials of filming DOUBT.