Viola Davis, award-winning actress, humanitarian, and role model, has committed the ultimate parenting faux pas. *gasp* What is it that she did, you ask? Well, she refused her 6-year-old daughter Genesis’ request to attend a Beyoncé concert.


“She’s 6 years old and her latest thing is Beyoncé,” Davis explained to Ellen DeGeneres on Monday’s show. “She wanted to go to a Beyoncé concert and we said, ‘No. You cannot go to Beyoncé, Genesis.’”

Of course the young Beyhive member was appropriately outraged and her response to her mother proved so. “She went, ‘No! you don’t know what Lemonade means to me, Mom,’” Davis recalls mimicking her daughter’s reaction. “‘You don’t know what Beyoncé means to my life!’”

Obviously, Genesis definitely has the acting gene and of course, DeGeneres asked the inevitable question, “So she wants to be an actress?”

“She does want to be an actress,” Davis confirms. “She says, ‘Mommy, I know how to live the words. I know how to breathe the words. I know how to remember the words.’ And I said, ‘Well, you gotta remember how to go to school and at 18, you need to remember how to get out of the house and pay your own bills.’”

Davis goes on to talk about the upcoming new season of How to Get Away with Murder and her character’s development. The hit ABC TV show returns to the airwaves this week. Check out your local listings for times. To see Davis’ complete interview on Ellen, click on the video below.

Tiffany Silva

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