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Viola Davis: Motherhood Gives Me ‘New Purpose’

12/16/2011 at 07:00 AM ET
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Since adopting daughter Genesis in October, first-time mom Viola Davis is reveling in every moment of her most important and life-changing role yet.

“Becoming a mother has opened up my whole life and given me a whole new purpose,” Davis, 46, told PEOPLE at Thursday’s premiere of her new film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close in New York.

“I feel like a star at home only because she loves me so much. I mean, it’s a red carpet everyday. It’s wonderful!”

A shining star moment for The Help actress and her husband, actor Julian Tennon, is reading books to their 16-month-old little girl during bedtime.

“She loves Goodnight Moon,” Davis says. “Every time we get to the part where the old lady who is sitting and whispering hush, she goes ‘Shhh!’ I just love it. It’s something simple, but it’s the most amazing thing to see.”

The Golden Globe and SAG nominated actress is so well prepared in raising her daughter that she already found a future boyfriend for Genesis with Extremely Loud costar Sandra Bullock‘s son Louis, 23 months.

“Oh yeah, I’d absolutely love to set her up with Louis,” she says with a laugh. “That kid is so cute. He’s going to be a bruiser. But let’s try to get a play date in first. If they are ever in the same place, we’ll get them together.”

– Paul Chi

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Lica on

Love it! I totally understand where she’s coming from. Congrats to them!

christine on

so cute! my friend’s son is so adorable and is so well behaved and has great manners.. i joked that my daughter will marry him. they are only 5 and 3

jane on

how cute! i love viola davis, and i bet she’s a FABULOUS mom.

Brooke on

Genesis is a beautiful little girl! So happy for her!

Anonymous on

Cute! I get her comment about feeling like a star at home. I’m not a Mom, but you would think my sister is a celebrity by the way my nephew and niece react when they see her – it’s really sweet!

Melanie on

Viola looks amazing! Loved her in The Help. So happy she has a baby girl to love.

Mia on

That unconditional love really does make you feel like a star!

Melissa on

My daughter did the same thing when I read her “Goodnight Moon” and it still melts my heart to think about it. I’m so happy for them!

Alisha on

What a good article. Thanks!

Anonymous on

It sounds like she and her husband absolutly adore their little girl! :)

Sara on

So happy for her! Keep the Viola Davis news coming!

Char on

I really enjoyed the article I also adopted my first child recently at the age of 47. I love motherhood it’s the best.

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