Viola Davis Adopts a Daughter, Genesis

10/18/2011 at 07:30 AM EDT

Viola Davis Adopts a Daughter Named Genesis
Julius Tennon and Viola Davis
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Viola Davis has become a mom – and her friend Octavia Spencer can hardly contain her excitement.

During a speech honoring Davis at an ELLE Women in Hollywood event sponsored by Calvin Klein and L'Oreal Paris in Los Angeles Monday, Spencer spilled the beans that her costar in The Help became a mom "like, two days ago."

In her own speech, Davis, 46, confirmed the new addition, a baby named Genesis. The newborn is a girl whom the actress "brought home a few days ago," Davis's rep tells PEOPLE.

Davis and her husband, actor Julian Tennon, announced in August that they were planning to adopt. This is the first child for the couple.

Tennon has two children from previous relationships.

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