Viola Davis says she prayed for her husband weeks before meeting him: ‘I got on my knees’

Viola Davis attends Showtime's FYC Event and Premiere for "The First Lady" at DGA Theater Complex on April 14, 2022 in Los Angeles, California
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Viola Davis reached out to a higher power to help her find a good man.

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The 56-year-old actress has opened up about how she prayed to God for her husband, Julius Tennon.

In the upcoming streaming special, “Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event,” the “Suicide Squad” star explains how a friend told her to pray to find the kind of man she wanted.

So Davis made a list of qualifications, prayed it up to God, and it worked.

Her friend said to be specific. "He said, 'Viola, even the vacuous stuff, just put it all in there. Looks, everything,'" she recalled to Oprah. "I said, 'Really? With God? I gotta tell him that?' He's like, 'Yes. You gotta put it all out there.'"

She added: "I went and I got on my knees."

"I said I want a big Black man from the South who's probably been married before,” said Davis. “Has kids, because I don't want any pressure in that department. Someone who’s maybe been an actor who understands the artistic community. Someone who goes to church and loves God. I said, 'If you give me that, I'll start going to church, God. I really will. I'm committed to it.' And then I signed off, just like writing a letter."

And nearly as fast as a dating app, God found Davis a man.

"Three and a half weeks later, I met Julius from Texas,” Davis said. “Ex-football player, been married, raised his children on his own, was an actor. [He] invited me to church. And I thought to myself, 'Whoa.'"

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Julius Tennon and Viola Davis in 2020 Photo credit Getty Images

As People reported, the couple got hitched in June 2003, and adopted their daughter Genesis in 2011. And yes, Tennon brought along two children from previous relationships.

Aside from the romantic efficiency of the Creator, Davis and Oprah also discuss the Academy Award winner’s new biography, “Finding Me,” growing up, and more.

“Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event” premieres on Netflix on April 22. Davis can also be currently seen playing Michelle Obama in the Showtime series “The First Lady."

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