Viola Davis Portrays Michelle Obama in new Series, The First Lady (Trailer)
Viola Davis stars in one of Showtime’s newest series, The First Lady, which aired its first episode on Sunday. And while the award-winning actress has always been known to deliver in every role she’s ever stepped into, this time her portrayal of former First Lady Michelle Obama didn’t exactly get rave reviews.
Since the casting announcement for the show was made back in 2019, fans were excited to see an iconic Black woman pay tribute to another iconic Black woman. But one key element of her performance caught the wrong kind of attention and distracted people too much: her pursed lips.
People online have been making memes and jokes about the actress constantly making an exaggerated duck face throughout the show. A particular scene that’s been getting a lot of attention shows her as Michelle speaking with actor OT Fagbenle’s Barack Obama.
Aside from Davis, The First Lady also stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt. Watch the full trailer below.