Viola Davis’ eggy Emmy celebration
Viola Davis was in her Jacuzzi when she found out she had been nominated for an Emmy.
The 50-year-old actress is up for a gong in the Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series category for her role in How to Get Away with Murder. But despite it being her first nomination, Viola didn’t go nuts when she heard the news.
“I was in my Jacuzzi, and I got a call from a friend. We had a whole conversation and then, as he was ready to hang up, he said, 'Oh, by the way, congratulations on your nomination,'” she told People magazine. “I made an egg salad sandwich on low-carb toast, poured myself some prosecco and got back in the Jacuzzi.”
Viola has already won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role as Professor Annalise Keating in the hit ABC show and is hoping to add the Emmy to her collection at the ceremony on September 20. Her success in her career has come as a real surprise to the star, who has also been nominated for an Academy Award on two separate occasions. Having grown up poor, Viola is thankful for all the blessings she has in her life now, both professionally and personally.
“Turning 50 is making me reflect on my life in a way that’s more compassionate and forgiving. I’m able to almost accept the old me," she told AARP magazine. “Most of the time, the school lunch was the only meal I had. I would befriend kids whose mothers cooked three meals a day and go to their homes when I could. When you grow up poor, you dream of just having a home and a bed that’s clean - that’s a sanctuary. As kids, we often didn’t have bus fare, so to have a car today - it’s unbelievable.”
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