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Viola Davis: I Have Date Night with My Husband in the Jacuzzi

Viola Davis: I Have Date Night with My Husband in the Jacuzzi

Originally posted 03/02/2014 08:05PM

var brightcovePhotoVideoID = '3271396410001'; var PhotoVideoButtonCaption = 'PLAY'; Forget date night at the movies. Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon said they have their couple time in a much more intimate setting.

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Viola Davis Chickens Out on Plan to 'Ambush-Kiss' Harrison Ford

Viola Davis Chickens Out on Plan to 'Ambush-Kiss' Harrison Ford

Originally posted 10/30/2013 11:00AM

There he was – Han Solo, Indiana Jones – just waiting to be kissed.

But Viola Davis, who had a major crush on Harrison Ford when she was younger, just couldn't pull the trigger on her planned "ambush-kiss" on the set of Ender's Game.

"Listen, I didn't want to say he was a crush of mine when I was a very young girl, because I did not want to be disrespectful of his age. But I wanted to ambush him," Davis, 48, told PEOPLE at the film's Los Angeles premiere Monday. "But it did not happen."

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All About Viola Davis's Extreme Wolverine-Inspired Diet

Viola Davis Follows Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Diet for New Role

Originally posted 10/07/2013 09:45AM

When it comes to shaping up for her latest role, Viola Davis is turning to one of the hottest bodies in Hollywood for inspiration: Hugh Jackman.

The actress says she's following the so-called "Wolverine diet" to play Susie Brown in the upcoming James Brown biopic, Get on Up.

"[I'm] losing a little weight. When I say 'a little,' I mean 'a little,' " she told PEOPLE Saturday at the Los Angeles Hammer Museum's 11th Annual Gala In The Garden. "I'm not a weight girl much."

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Viola Davis Found Her Husband as an Answer to a Prayer

Viola Davis Found Her Husband as an Answer to a Prayer

Originally posted 09/05/2013 10:00AM

Viola Davis's husband is a pretty special guy. In fact, says the actress, he was heaven sent.

The Oscar nominee for The Help tells October's Essence, on newsstands Friday, that she prayed for a certain type of man to come into her life – and then he did.

"I asked for a husband who was emotionally available, someone who was older, someone who maybe had a family before," she says. "I like older men. Someone from the South. Someone who loves God more than he loves himself."

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Jessica Chastain Makes First Public Appearance with Boyfriend | Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain Makes First Public Appearance with Boyfriend

Originally posted 02/23/2013 01:30PM

Having recently told Katie Couric during an interview that she does have a boyfriend, Jessica Chastain made what is apparently her first public appearance with him Friday night, at the Women in Film 6th annual Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party.

Arriving arm and arm together at Fig & Olive in Los Angeles, the Zero Dark Thirty Best Actress nominee and Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo sipped Perrier-Jouët Champagne in the main room before Chastain spotted her costar from last year's The Help, Viola Davis, and Davis's husband.

Chastain, 35, hugged and kissed the 31-year-old Passi, making it clear to all who saw them that the two are, in fact, a couple.

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What Will Bradley Cooper Be Doing at the SAG Awards? | Bradley Cooper

SAG Awards: Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway to Present

Originally posted 01/16/2013 08:15AM

Silver Linings Playbook's Oscar- and SAG-nominated Bradley Cooper has another job before him: He'll be a presenter at Jan. 27's 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, it was announced first thing Wednesday morning.

The 2011 Sexiest Man Alive will be in very good company. Other presenters include Justin Timberlake, Viola Davis, Sigourney Weaver, Les Miserablés nominees Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, and Cooper's Silver Linings costar, nominee Jennifer Lawrence.

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Who Made Time's List of 100 Most Influential People? | Adele, Barack Obama, Tim Tebow

Adele, Tim Tebow, Barack Obama Make Time's 100 Most Influential People

Originally posted 04/18/2012 02:45PM

World leaders, singers, TV personalities – who influences you?

According to Time magazine, which on Wednesday released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, U.S. President Barack Obama, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, North Korea's Kim Jong are in the mix, along with Kristin Wiig, Chelsea Handler, Adele, Rihanna, Matt Lauer, Stephen Colbert, Claire Danes and Mitt Romney.

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POLL: Who Should Win the Best Actress Oscar? | Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, Viola Davis

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Oscars 2012: Who Should Win Best Actress?

Originally posted 02/24/2012 05:00PM

This year's race for Best Actress is a nail-biter, with some of Hollywood's most accomplished stars vying for the golden statuette.

Meryl Streep, who won the Golden Globe for her spot-on performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, could be seen as a frontrunner. After all, with 17 previous Oscar nominations and two wins, Streep is Hollywood royalty.

But she's by no means a shoo-in. Street's pal, Viola Davis, won the Screen Actor's Guild Award for best actress for her role in the wildly popular film The Help, and will be giving Streep a run for her money.

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Oscar Trivia: What You Don't Know About Hollywood's Big Night | Billy Crystal, Rooney Mara

Oscars 2012

Oscar Trivia: What You Don't Know About Hollywood's Big Night

Originally posted 02/23/2012 01:15PM

Pop quiz: What annual awards show airs this Sunday night? If you're as into the Oscars as we are, you likely just yawned and said, "Easiest. Question. Ever." And you'd be right.

Now, let's try a few more challenging questions. Which of the current crop of Best Actress hopefuls honeymooned at George Clooney's Italian villa? The Help's Jessica Chastain earned a scholarship to Julliard funded by which Oscar-winning comedian? War Horse composer John Williams's son sang for which classic rock band?

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