Viola Davis realized that presidential treatment comes at a price.
the How to get away with murder star said that upon learning michelle obama for his role in The first ladyshe saw how Michelle experienced a “very isolating journey”.
“She invited her mother to come and live with her in the White House to help raise her children with her,” Viola said. Weekly entertainment. “So I think she kept it close to always remember what her home is.”
The fact that Michelle entered the White House as the first black First Lady added to the isolation, she said. “You walk into a house where most of the servants are black with bow ties and leggings,” Viola explained. “So it’s a weird existential thing that you step into where you need to find something familiar, something that grounds you, something that, again, is home.”
Despite the isolation, Viola said she finds joy in portraying Michelle’s wedding and President Barack Obama. From dancing around the White House to really having fun together, she appreciated the couple’s playfulness.