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Viola Davis Says Her Daughter Wants To Be An Actress, & Her Drive Is Already Impressive


Viola Davis epitomizes black girl magic. She's intelligent, strong, witty, beautiful, talented – and gave an epic unapologetically-black-Emmy-award-winning acceptance speech that deserves a lifetime of praise. She's brilliant, and, if it wasn't painfully obvious already, I'm a fan. But like myself, the many fans of Davis' around the world don't compare to her most important fan to ever exist: her 5-year-old daughter Genesis. Genesis, the daughter of Davis and her husband Julius Tennon, is a sweet, adorable little girl who clearly idolizes her mom. And as of recently, Davis said her daughter wants to be an actress. Well, with a boundary-breaking mom who made history by becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, who could blame her?

In an interview with E! News, the How To Get Away With Murder actress revealed that Genesis has some serious acting aspirations.

It sounds like Genesis may already have some of the work ethic needed to be successful down to a science. Remembering the words, and living the words, are key – and a pretty impressive perspective for a 5-year-old.

But this isn't the first time the world has seen Genesis admire her mom's work.

After Davis' historic Emmy win last September, she uploaded an adorable video of Genesis blowing kisses, telling her mom that she loves her, and wishing her more Emmy wins in the future. Seriously, it's possible to be that cute.

And if that mommy-daughter cuteness wasn't enough, for the following Halloween, Genesis dressed up as her mom – natural curls flourishing and all – as the first black woman to win an Emmy award for her respective category.

"So.....the Elsa costume?" Davis wrote in a caption on Instagram. "Didn't work for her. The Pirate? A no go. So she finally said, 'I just want to be YOU mommy!' So... uhh....this is ME."

In her E! News interview, Davis shared what it was like to have dreams of becoming an actress prior to her mega success:

Black women, women of color, face glass ceilings in all industries and career paths everyday. But if Genesis has dreams of becoming an actress, as her mom once did, then it's pretty empowering that she has so many black women to be inspired by, including her very own glass-ceiling-shattering mom. Go Genesis!