Featured Actress: Viola Davis

viola davisThis is the first of a new series on Just Chick Flicks featuring some of my favorite actresses. The series will explore the actress and some of her best (and maybe even her worst) roles.

With her upcoming ABC television series, I decided to start off with Viola Davis.

In the coming weeks we will feature Emma Stone,  Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and many, many more. If you there is a particular actress you would like us to feature, please leave your suggestions in the comments below.

 The Phenomenal Viola Davis

I am a big fan of this talented actress. I knew she was going to be a star in 2002 when I saw her play Terry Randolph on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.  Viewers of the crime drama know the intense police detective Robert Goren, played by Vincent D’Onofrio. Goren is an overly intelligent and smug. But Viola who  plays one of he bad guys cuts him down to size.

Since then she has played a variety of small roles on television and in movies, including recurring roles on Law & Order: SVU and United States of Tara, as well as small supporting roles in Eat Pray Love, Law Abiding Citizen, Beautiful Creatures, Ender’s Game and the upcoming The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

But it was her role as Mrs. Miller in Doubt that brought Viola Davis an Oscar nomination and critical acclaim.

How to Get Away With Murder

Fans of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal are excited about the new show from Shonda Rhimes, How to Get Away With Murder, starring  Academy Award nominee, Viola Davis.

Thursday nights on television will belong to writer and Executive Producer, Shonda Rhimes. With the evening starting out the hit shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, the new show legal thriller starring Viola Davis will round out the night. It will be great to see Viola Davis on television every week.

How to Get Away With Murder has Viola as the sharp, tough law professor, Annalise Keating. She uses the students in her hand-picked class to help with high-profile courtroom cases.

Viola Davis Movies

The Help

thehelp_aibileenBased on the book by Kathryn Stockett Viola Davis plays Aibileen Clark, a maid living in the southern United States in the 1960’s. Also stars Emma Stone, Octavia Spenser and Jessica Chastain.


I wanted to see Viola Davis and Hugh Jackman make a movie together, but this is not the movie I had in mind. In Prisoners, Viola stars as Nancy Birch. She and her husband, played by Terrance Howard are friend’s and neighbors to.  is the Dovers (Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello). The movie centers around the disappearance of Viola’s and Hugh’s daughters and what they are willing to do to get them back.


An Oscar Nomination for less than 10 minutes on screen…In the 2009 movie, Doubt, Viola plays the beleaguered mother with a child in a Catholic school. For her short, but phenomenal scene with Meryl Streep, Viola Davis received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Two years later Viola Davis was nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Help. Other awards include a Tony for Best Actress in a Featured Role in August Wilson’s, King Hedley II in 2001.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close



Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, and with a screenplay by Eric Roth (The Insider, Forrest Gump) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  is filled with wonderful, touching and understated performances from Sandra Bullock, Jeffery Wright and Viola Davis.

I would love to see Viola Davis star in more movies. Maybe a romantic comedy or other major roles. But good roles for African-American actresses are rare. Which might explain why Kerry Washington (Scandal) , Octavia Spencer and even Halle Berry are starring in their own television series.

Do you have a favorite or a particular actress you would like to see profiled in the Just Chick Flicks: Featured Actress series? If so, please leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Don’t forget to watch Viola Davis on How to Get Away With Murder, Thursday nights on ABC TV,

About Clara Mathews

Clarabela (Clara Mathews) is freelance web content copywriter, professional blogger and Hugh Jackman fan. In addition to writing about her love of movies at JustChickFlicks.com, Clarabela is also a regular contributor to DignityZine.  Follow Just Chick Flicks on Facebook.