Viola Davis Brings the Drama to LA Times Magazine

The Oscar contender is naturally stunning. 

Posted: 02/06/2012 01:46 PM EST
Viola Davis spread in LA Times Magazine

Viola Davis is taking on this Awards Season in serious style!

Hot on the heels of her SAG Awards “Best Actress" win, The Help star was featured on the cover of LA Times magazine and she’s particularly striking in the photos with natural hair that really highlights her features!

Complete with fierce, toasty makeup and dramatic high-fashion looks, the actress, 46, taps into her inner supermodel in a way we’ve never seen before. She takes on the cover in a fitted Marchesa dress with lace sleeves and organza flower detailing. Inside the shoot looks like she’s having the time of her life, wearing shades and a Costume National fur poncho over a Jason Wu dress.

Hollywood seems to have only recently gotten the memo on Viola’s fabulousness and she notes, “You can be in the business for 23 years, which I have been, and suddenly something happens that wakes people up. For me, that was being in a movie with Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman,” Davis says of Doubt. “It makes people realize you’re there. Otherwise you’re that Black girl who had a guest or costar role in a TV show here or there.”

But she’s not “bitter;” the actress also talks about "Bloomin' Brilliant," appreciating actors that are underrated and overlooked and opening up doors for more Black actresses. Next up, she'll tackle producing and has optioned The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, a sweeping novel about an African-American woman struggling to farm the Badlands in 1917. “I am doing this out of necessity,” she says. “If I am not the instrument of change, I can meander through this business and be the Black woman who always has two or three scenes but with fabulous actors around me.”


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