You probably know her as Annalise from the ABC drama How To Get Away With Murder, but Viola is no stranger to the game. After graduating from Juilliard in 1993 she won an Obie Award for her role as Ruby McCollum in Everybody’s Ruby. She has two Tony Awards and a SAG to her name. She’s also been nominated for various Golden Globes and Academy Awards, which makes for quite the resume!
One of her most empowering roles was perhaps as Abileen Clark in the 2011 film, The Help. She captivated audiences all over the world in sharing the true story of the African American maids point of view in the 1960s civil rights movement. Six years prior, Viola had a small role in 2005’s 50 Cent biopic, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re going back to the night the film held its L.A. premiere, complete with questionable bangs and Viola’s signature smile.
Next up for the actress: civil rights activist Harriet Tubman. Viola, who used a Harriet Tubman quote in her Emmys acceptance speech on Sunday, will portray the influential figure in an upcoming project with HBO.
Launch the gallery, above, for more photos of Viola Davis from 10 years ago.