Everyone’s darling Viola Davis stopped by the late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! to discuss her upcoming new TV show The First Lady where she played one of the titular first ladies Michelle Obama. During the course of the conversation, the actress opened up about her recent struggles with her weight as a middle-aged woman.
“I turn 56, and I don’t know what fits anymore. That’s when it hit. Everything gets wider, bulgier,” she said, adding, “and here’s the thing, I work out.
“I get on the scale,” Davis said. “I look at it. I get back off. I get back on. I get off. And then I’ll even take a hairpin out of my hair. I’ll put it on the side. I get back on. And by that time I’m mad as hell.”
Adding more details as to what she believes might be the cause in addition to the normal aging process, Viola Davis added,
“I think it has something to do with those large glasses of liquor I’ve been drinking during the pandemic,” she joked. “I’ve been knocking that back.”
The First Lady premieres on Showtime on April 17, 2022. The show is a revelatory reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House. Viola Davis stars alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Gillian Anderson, O.T. Fagbenle, and others.