"Put The Phone Down"

Viola Davis’ daughter, Genesis Tennon, speaks a load of truth. The Widows actress tells Good Morning America co-hosts and viewers that her daughter recently taught her a lesson on what it means to truly be in control.

“[We were] haggling over something and she said, ‘Mommy, put the phone down,'” Viola Davis says of her daughter’s response to her mom trying to interact in person while doing business on the phone. “‘I got to tell you,’ little Genesis further said to her mom, ‘don’t let anybody put their life into your life. If they put their life into your life, you have to tell them to get out because they don’t have the passcode.'” Yes to what Genesis said!


Viola could not help but follow her daughter’s admonition after Genesis delivered such a powerful statement. “I put the phone down and I said, ‘Genesis, say that again so I can write it down.’ She teaches me a lot.”

Viola Davis has a few things going for her in Hollywood. Her most recent role is in the upcoming film, Widows. “The heist is just a metaphor for women saying, ‘You know what? My life isn’t working for me. I got to pay my bills, so I’m going to make it work. I’m going to take control.’ That’s what women have to do,” Viola further explained. “You have a lot of single mothers out there, you have to pay the bills, dealing with no health insurance; they have to get it done. And this movie, you’ll see. It’s for the girls.”

Widows certainly has that women’s empowerment vibe with four women who must find a way to move on after the untimely deaths of their husbands. The ladies do not fall apart in their mourning but, rather, pick up where their husbands left off, which is right in the middle of the crime industry of Chicago. You haven’t seen women like these since the days of Set It Off!

Widows – starring Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Alejandro Verdin, and more – comes to theaters on Friday, November 16, 2018. Catch the film’s trailer (viewer discretion is advised) below!



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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