Viola Davis has played so many iconic roles it's hard to count. A hard-hitting lawyer in How to Get Away with Murder. A resilient wife and mother in Fences. An influential blues singer in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. But her latest part has us more excited than ever.
The 56-year-old actress is taking on the role of Michelle Obama in a new series from Showtime called The First Lady. According to Showtime, “This series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of three unique, enigmatic women, tracing their journeys to Washington through interweaving storylines with an enlightening intimacy, with season one focusing on Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt.”
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we've finally gotten the first peek at the series, where Davis will be joined by Michelle Pfeiffer in the role of Ford and Gillian Anderson in the role of Roosevelt. And we can't get over Davis's transformation into the former FLOTUS, from her eyebrows to the way she nails Obama's smile and mannerisms.