Viola Davis has responded to negative reviews about her portrayal of Michelle Obama in 'The First La...

Viola Davis Hits Back At Criticism Over Her Michelle Obama Portrayal In The First Lady

“Ultimately I feel like it is my job as a leader to make bold choices.”


Viola Davis stars as Michelle Obama in Showtime’s The First Lady, and her portrayal has been largely panned by critics. Which begs the question: How does an actor portray a living legend? And how do they handle the negativity?


Davis, alongside Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, has seen her work on The First Lady criticized by outlets like The Atlantic and Variety, which said the actors “struggle to bring the characters to believable life.”