Viola Davis: My Husband Was an Answer to Prayer

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By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
September 5, 2013|12:33 pm

Viola Davis recently opened up about her husband Julius Tennon, revealing that finding her him was the result of prayer.

The two-time Oscar-nominated actress and her husband recently celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary, but the star only just now revealed that she had prayed for a man like Tennon before they were even introduced.

"I asked for a husband who was emotionally available, someone who was older, someone who maybe had a family before," Davis explained to Essence magazine. "I like older men. Someone from the South. Someone who loves God more than he loves himself."

Just three weeks after asking God for a special man, He answered her prayers.

"I met my husband three and a half weeks later, an ex-football player from Austin, Texas," the 48-year-old star said. "On one of our first dates, he took me to church."

"The Help" star married Tennon in 2003. The couple has one daughter, Genesis, whom they adopted in 2011, and Davis is stepmother to Tennon's two sons from previous relationships.

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In 2011's "The Help," Davis played Abileen Clark, a pivotal character the hit movie that followed black housemaids in Mississippi during the 1960s -- when segregation laws were still in effect.

The role earned the actress dozens of accolades despite having very little dialogue, and much of Davis' acting was through her facial expressions in the film.

Furthermore, Davis felt very connected to the character in the film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best-selling book.

"I just had a lot of stake in this story and this time period and educating people about what our history was in this country," she told Global Grind. "And humanizing what people would just label as maids."

Meanwhile, Davis is one of only 10 African-American women to be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscar Awards.

In addition to "The Help," the actress is well known for films that include "Traffic," "Antwone Fisher," and "Doubt," among others.

The two-time Tony Award-winner was named among Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2012.

 

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