Viola Davis Is InStyle Magazine’s January 2016 Cover Star

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Emmy winner and two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis is InStyle magazine‘s January 2016 cover star.

The How to Get Away With Murder actress styles in looks from Dries Van Noten, Rochas and Ports 1961 in this issue. Photographer Jan Welters lensed the shoot.

This issue will be available on newsstands and for digital download December 11.

Even though people always tell Davis that’s she’s a star, she doesn’t feel that way, “I know people always say that I’m a star and a celebrity, but I never feel like one,” she says. “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. Then, every once in a while, you put something on that makes you feel cute.”

Below are five insights into why InStyle know that Davis is a clear joyous spirit.

1. There are very few designer duds in her closet. “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 gotten married three times—to the same man! Surely something Annalise—who cheated on her husband and later helped her students cover up his murder—would neverconsider. (Still, it seems Annalise’s sartorial sense is influencing Davis. 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 wore a more traditional dress. For their latest upcoming vow renewal, Davis is wearing a custom dress by Carmen Marc Valvo.)

3. She’d rather allocate all that time Annalise spends in the office to being in a (fictional) rocket ship 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 prefers relaxing to pulling one of Annalise’s pre-trial all-nighters. “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 to look—and be—natural. “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.”

Photos Credit: Jan Welters

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