Viola Davis Receives Mixed Reviews Following Her Portrayal Of Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Social media began buzzing Sunday night, following Viola Davis’s depiction of Michelle Obama, following the premiere of “The First Lady” on Showtime.

Davis had the Twitter sphere ablaze after fans watched her portrayal of the former First Lady, particularly in a scene that Obama was conversing with her husband Barack, played by O-T Fagbenle. Viewers began to mock–yet defend–Davis’s “duck face” pursed lips that she put on to accurately portray the former FLOTUS.

In preparation for the role, Davis said she studied Obama’s speech patterns by listening to her podcasts “over a hundred times,” and watching numerous videos to nail her mannerisms. She also got in touch with the Chicago attorney and consulted with her before filming.

While the “Fences” star’s performance received mixed reviews from fans,  many continued to praise Davis as an actress, noting that aside from her choice of facial expression used for the former First Lady, Davis’s performance was still a knock-out one.

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