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Viola Davis Met Spouse Julius Tennon Three Weeks After Praying for a Husband

USMagazine, Thursday, February 14, 2013, 6:00am (PST)
  • Julius Tennon is the man of Viola Davis' dreams! At the Cinema Society and Dior Beauty screening of "Beautiful Creatures" in New York on Feb. 11, the 47-year-old actress revealed how the actor and former college football player came into her life.

    "I was the loneliest woman in the world, and someone said, 'You should just pray for a husband," Davis told the New York Post's Page Six of life as a single woman in the early 2000s. Taking her friend's advice, Davis added, "I said I wanted a big black man from the South who looked like a football player, who already had children, who maybe had been married before. Three and a half weeks later, I met my husband."

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    The pair shared a scene on the television show "City of Angels." "He was the anesthesiologist, Dr. Holly, and I was Nurse Lannett," Davis told Us Weekly. "We were passing blood in a scene. He knew how lonely I was. I was out in L.A. and I hated it and he said, 'I'll show you around Los Angeles. I'll show you around the Santa Monica pier.'"

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    The couple will celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary on June 23. "We've been together thirteen years, and from the first day, it was magic," Davis gushed. Tennon certainly agrees, telling Us, "She's the sweetest woman. It's so great to see her be all of who she is. That's what I love about her."

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    Tennon, who has two sons from previous relationships, also praised "The Help" star for being a "great mom" to their 2-year-old daughter, Genesis, whom they adopted in October 2011. "Sometimes she doesn't think she is, but she's wonderful," he gushed. "Nobody's perfect, and I raised two kids by myself before I met my wife. I was a single father with two children for 17 years, and my wife is doing an amazing job."

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    Motherhood is more fulfilling than Davis ever imagined. "Everything falls into place," the star told Us. "My whole purpose in life has changed now, and that's really hard for an actor. Before that it was about me. Now it's gone."

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