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Viola Davis: 'Menopause is no good for exercise!'

Published 19/04/2016

Viola Davis
Viola Davis

Viola Davis works out wherever she can, but her menopause can sometimes make her too tired.

Viola Davis’ menopause is forcing her exercise regime to take a back seat.

The Oscar-nominated actress regularly shows off enviable figure on hit TV series How to Get Away with Murder. She plays stylish defense attorney Annalise Keating on the show, a role that has bagged her an Emmy and two SAG Awards.

Away from the set Viola is a busy mother-of-one, but likes to exercise whenever she can. However at 50, a certain change is getting in the way of working out.

“I’ve been doing intervals working out on the treadmill. But lately, it's been exhaustion,” Viola told America’s InStyle.

“I’ve been dealing with menopause, which has said, 'You know what? I don't care how much you've been working out - we're not going anywhere!’”

The lack of exercise doesn’t show though, and Viola always looks flawless when she hits the red carpet. However she admits her style is nonexistent in comparison to Annalise’s.

The Help star also revealed that when it comes to beauty and ageing, she has no reservations about getting old on screen.

"What's released me most from the fear of ageing is self-awareness," she shared previously with the publication. "I've never determined my value based on my looks or anything physical. I've been through a lot in life, and what has gotten me through is strength of character and faith."

She does take care of her skin though, and hails lotions from LifeCell and Natura Bisse as her hero products. Viola also makes sure she cleans her face properly every night, and loves using clay masks.

“I'll do it with my husband (Julius Tennon), too, which I can't even believe, because he's total a macho man. But he lets me play with his skin,” she laughed to the U.S. edition of Elle magazine.

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