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Viola Davis is gearing up for the role of a lifetime — former first lady Michelle Obama.
Last month, the 54-year-old actress was cast in the role for the upcoming series “First Ladies” on Showtime, which will explore some of the most renowned women who’ve lived in the White House throughout history, beginning with Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt in season one. ET’s Leanne Aguilera sat down with the acclaimed actress on Monday to discuss tackling the prestigious role.
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“I’m always intrigued by the first ladies. I’m always intrigued by the person who doesn’t get as much attention as the other person,” she said while promoting the final season of “How to Get Away With Murder”. “And I don’t wanna say ‘the women behind the men,’ the women beside the men, what their sacrifices are…their day-to-day.”
Davis, who is also executive producing the series, hinted that, with this role, she senses this might be a make-or-break moment for her and her career.
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“Listen, here’s the thing, you could either fail really big or succeed really big, and I feel this is my succeed very big or fail very big moment,” she stated. The veteran actress also admitted to some intimidation at the prospect of playing Obama, who weathered situations no woman had ever faced before.
“I’m a little scared… I’ve met Michelle Obama and…exactly what you think she is, she is. She’s awesome,” Davis gushed. “She’s awesome in every way. She’s smart. She’s confident. She’s articulate. She believes in sisterhood.”
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She added: “I think Michelle Obama really sacrificed a lot being in the White...
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