Viola Davis on meeting her husband of 13 years: ‘I didn’t call him for six weeks’


Viola Davis is amazing in many ways but one of my favorites is how deliriously happy she is with her husband of 13 years, Julius Tennon. Like so many talking points with Viola, it never feels like hyperbole. Viola sat down with Jess Cagle for the latest episode of The Jess Cagle Interview, in which she revealed how she met Julius. If you can get past the fact that in the actual clip (posted below), she is openly endorsing tuna fish on a cinnamon raisin bagel, it’s a sweet story.

It all happens at the craft-service table – at least for Viola Davis.

In the latest episode of The Jess Cagle Interview, Davis tells PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly’s editorial director the story of how she met her husband, Julius … while eating a bagel.

“He was like, ‘Hey,’ because we had just did a scene,” the Suicide Squad star recalls of the moment they met on the set of the CBS show City of Angels. “The only thing I thought was, ‘He’s good-looking. He’s really good-looking.'”

“I didn’t call him for six weeks,” Davis, 50, admits. “I had bad credit at the time. I had anxiety attacks from driving. I had to work out some personal issues first.”

[From People]

The full interview is at the bottom of the People article. The part about not calling Julius for six weeks sounds better when you hear Viola discuss it. She is advocating working out personal issues before bringing them into a relationship. Holding herself accountable is something she returned to later in the interview, saying, “I deserve it because I worked for it. I worked for my relationship; I was out there in the trenches working on myself, really holding myself accountable for every relationship that didn’t work.” Although I think Cagle editorializes too much, I do like his interviews. I feel his questions invite deeper answers from his interviewees. When you combine that with a person like Viola, it’s magic because she gives such incredibly thoughtful answers.

The interview takes place in Annalise’s office on the set of How to Get Away with Murder. Viola has been dangling some serious carrots about season three. In an interview with E! Online, she said the first episode will reveal a mystery so huge, the only hashtag she can assign it is #OMG. She went on to say that the cast spent the entire day discussing the mystery and could not figure it out, a first for them. I didn’t watch season two but I am curious as hell to find out what this mystery is. Well played, Annalise.




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  1. Decca says:

    Viola Davis is amazing. I could read posts about her getting her mail, picking up some groceries, walking to her car, it doesn’t matter. Love her.

  2. mee says:

    lovely story. she’s very funny and her husband has a warm and genuine smile.

  3. Jess1632 says:

    Endless amount of of love for viola. That is all

  4. QQ says:

    I guess maybe she ascribed to the Dan Savage maxim of ” being in working Order To Date” aka trying to at least have your sh*t somewhat together? I like that, I wish more people would know to Casually date/leave it alone as the case might need to be

    • I Choose Me says:

      Girl, preach! Work on yourself. Get your sh-t together. Learn to love yourself and be a complete person (this doesn’t mean faultless or flawless) and then you can try for a relationship.

      • QQ says:

        please Preach! I’m NOT here for that ” You Complete me ” sh*t

        a) cause I hate Maudlin things
        b) cause NO you are/were a full person before and will be if I leave, I’ve had a serious convo about this with my bf cause he expresses a lot of Disney Feelz about relationships and I tell him, please even in the Superlative DO NOT tell me that, this is the fastest way to have me running for the hills, I don’t “fix you” you dont “fix” me

      • I Choose Me says:

        My husband is kinda co-dependent. He used to say stuff like ‘you’re the strong one and I love how you take care of me.’ We’ve had serious issues because of that but we’ve fought, separated, got back together worked through it and are in a much better place now. I mean I love him but I can’t be his wife, his mama, his therapist and still have time to be me. ‘Cause that sh-t is exhausting and the fastest way to build resentment and kill romance.

      • QQ says:

        Goooorrrrllll That is exactly the thing im talking about!!!

    • Maire3 says:

      Someone shared this with me back in 2012. I’m always passing it on

      “A good rule of thumb for happiness with a partner is that *first* you decide where you’re going, *then* you decide who’s going with you. Get them in the wrong order, and you are not going to have enough to bring to the table–you’ll expect fulfillment solely out of your mate (non-UK sp). Once you have developed a passion of your very own, you become a source of fulfillment for yourself and others, and that’s actually attractive.”

      I’ve seen almost all of Viola’s movies (not up to speed on HTGAWM). If you watch the movie “Won’t Back Down” she has a scene with Julius. They have a nice quiet chemistry, as if they are sharing a secret.

    • Crowdhood says:

      100% agree with this. I did NOT do this and wouldn’t be married if it wasn’t for my husband’s patience. He basically refused to leave no matter what and I got it together and now we are pretty happily married and it’s all because of him. If it were up to 24 year old Crowhood that ish would have been ruined within the first 6 months.

  5. Liz says:

    Don’t like the grayish-lavendar dress but she wears it so well that she makes it attractive.

  6. Locke Lamora says:

    I love her. I love her so much. But the show is so bad, I tried to watch it because I love her so muc, but couldn’t.

  7. Snarkweek says:

    If my husband of four years ever met her it’d be over. He worships her lol.

  8. mire usted! says:

    Viola and Julius are a hot couple. I’m glad she shared how they met. Adorable!

  9. Truthie says:

    As much as I believe that Viola wanted to work on herself before dating a great guy…I think he really scored the big catch. I hope she is treated like the gem that she is.

  10. Reece says:

    I LOVE THIS!! LOVE IT! I wish people in my life would listen to what I’m trying to say (maybe I’m not saying it as eloquently) when I say a similar thing. I can’t/don’t want to date anybody without having my S together. Anybody I come across in the is state is either going to be way far ahead of me of not worth it and a waste of my time.