Viola Davis realized the presidential treatment comes with a price.
The How to Get Away with Murder Star said this while studying about Michelle Obama for her role in The First LadyMichelle was able to share her “very isolating experience.”
Viola stated that she was invited by her mom to visit her at the White House and help her raise her children. Entertainment Weekly. “So I believe she kept her close because it was a way to always remind herself where home is.”
The fact that Michelle entered the White House as the first Black First Lady added to the isolation, she said. “You’re walking into a house where most of the servants are Black with bowties and chaps,” Viola shared. “So, it’s a weird existential thing that you’re walking into where you need to find something familiar, something that grounds you, something that—once again—is home.”
Viola stated that despite her isolation she finds joy in portraying Michelle’s marriage. President Barack Obama. From dancing around the White House to just having genuine fun together, she enjoyed the couple’s playfulness.