Viola Davis: I prayed for a husband
Viola Davis decided to pray she would meet a man after being advised to do so by a friend.
The actress married former American football college player Julius Tennon in 2003, but before they met she feared she was destined to be single forever. The star eventually confided in a friend, who advised her to seek advice from a higher power.
"I was the loneliest woman in the world, and someone said, ‘You should just pray for a husband,'" Viola recalled at the premiere of her new movie Beautiful Creatures.
The comment got the now 47-year-old star thinking and she decided talking to God might help her. She ended up listing the requirements of her dream man and was astounded by what happened next.
"I said I wanted a big black man from the South who looked like a football player, who already had children, who maybe had been married before... three-and-a-half weeks later I met my husband," she told New York Post.
The actress and Julius are the proud parents to their daughter Genesis, who they adopted in 2011. Julius also has two sons from another relationship.
Viola has spoken at length about the kind of upbringing she hopes to give Genesis, explaining she wants the tot to know she can do whatever she wants with her life. Last year, the actress joked that her daughter already has a feisty personality.
"I'm starting early to instil in her a strong sense and love of self, which wasn't given to me,” she explained. "When she plays with the little boys who want to kiss her, she's slaps them and say, 'No!’ So that's good!"
Beautiful Creatures is based on the first in a series of books called Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and is being touted as a franchise which will fill the space left by Twilight.
The story follows two young people as they fall in love and explore their families’ histories. The film also stars Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Irons.
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