Viola Davis 5 things we learned from star actress as she covers InStyle magazine

As she graces the cover of InStyle magazine’s January issue, she speaks on life lessons on her marriage, motherhood and her dressing room.

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Viola Davis covers InStyle magazine

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Although Viola Davis is a two- time Oscar nominee, she’s never had a time in the limelight like now, playing the role of Annalise Keating, the fabulously dressed but morally flawed criminal defense attorney on the Shonda Rhimes produced TV show, How to Get Away With Murder.

As she graces the cover of InStyle magazine’s January issue, she speaks on life lessons on her marriage, motherhood and her dressing room.

She admits in her interview that she’s very different from her TV alter ego, Keating, especially in the aspect of looks. 

"I know people always say that I'm a star and a celebrity, but I never feel like one, taking care of a 5-year-old, cooking at home, and running to the set when you've had four hours of sleep, you don't feel like a movie star."

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Viola Davis covers InStyle magazine

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Here’s 5 great lessons we learned from Davis’s interview:

1. She’s not a label freak:  "If I were to compare my style to Annalise Keating, I would say that I have absolutely no style," she says with a laugh. "Annalise Keating is an Alexander McQueen, kinda Max Mara girl. That's not me. I have a five year old, so..."

2. She’s married her husband 3 times:  Contrary to what you may think, when she first married actor-producer Julius Tennon 13 years ago, she wore a simple skirt from Express. A few years later they exchanged vows again, and she was in a more traditional gown. For their upcoming vow renewal, Davis is wearing a custom dress by Carmen Marc Valvo.

3. Unlike like Annalise Keating, she’d rather spend her time with her daughter:  "We go into space. We explore different planets," Davis says of the game Genesis is most currently fond of. "This ship is in danger. We almost died at one point. We lost oxygen."

4. She loves to treat herself:  "I am addicted to spas," she says. "If we go to a hotel, we'll be the only people in that spa for hours. We'll start at 5 in the morning sometimes."

5. She’s not afraid of looking herself. "What's released me most from the fear of aging is self-awareness," she says. "I've never determined my value based on my looks or anything physical. I've been through a lot in life, and what has gotten me through is strength of character and faith."

To read all the life lessons Davis shares on marriage, motherhood, and more, pick up the January issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download Dec. 11.

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