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  • -My first guest is an Oscar-,

  • Tony-, Emmy-,

  • and Golden Globe-winning actress,

  • starring in the highly acclaimed film "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,"

  • which is streaming now on Netflix.

  • Here is the very talented Viola Davis!

  • [ Band plays funk ] [ Cheering and applause ]

  • Yeah, Viola Davis!

  • Oh, I love you!

  • Welcome back.

  • -Thank you. Thank you.

  • -Welcome back to "The Tonight Show."

  • Thank you so much for doing this.

  • I appreciate it.

  • -Oh, my goodness. [ Laughs ] -It's great to see you.

  • I want to talk about your Oscar nomination

  • in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," but I want to quickly touch on

  • you have a new addition to your family.

  • -I do. -Yeah.

  • -A son.

  • -Congratulations. A son.

  • [ Cheering and applause ] -Yeah. -Here's a picture.

  • Here's a picture.

  • There. Awww!

  • -Awww! -That's so cute.

  • Are you kidding me? -Bailey.

  • -Bailey? -Bailey is his name.

  • -Whose idea was it to get Bailey?

  • -Well, let me tell you something.

  • -[ Laughing ] That is a story.

  • Whose idea it was,

  • was my husband.

  • [ Laughter ] My husband, of all people.

  • You know, I married George Jefferson.

  • [ Laughter ] I fell in love with my husband

  • because I saw a baseball bat near his bed

  • and I said, "I love him."

  • He's like my father, you know?

  • And he was like, "We ain't never getting

  • no damn dog in this house.

  • They tear up the yard.

  • They piss all over the place. Fur."

  • And then, cut to this morning.

  • I'm listening to him downstairs, going,

  • "Hey, my Bailey boo.

  • [ Laughter and applause ] I love you.

  • Daddy is here.

  • You my baby."

  • So there you go.

  • [ Laughter ] -I love it.

  • You know, the Internet was going crazy today

  • because the "Suicide Squad" trailer was released.

  • Congrats on that.

  • It's major. -Thank you.

  • [ Cheering and applause ] -That's going to be giant.

  • You tweeted it out and James Gunn had a response,

  • said, "No lie, @violadavis is so scary as Amanda Waller,

  • I was afraid to give her acting notes on set."

  • [ Laughter ] -That's right.

  • [ Laughter and applause ]

  • I channeled my inner child, Jimmy.

  • -Really? -Because, when I was a kid,

  • I was real tough, but I really am not that tough.

  • I mean, I appreciate what James Gunn says,

  • but that's one of the reasons why I love playing that role,

  • because I get to cuss someone like Idris Elba out, you know?

  • [ Laughter ] -[ Claps ]

  • I also saw that you're going

  • to be playing Michelle Obama

  • in -- -Whoo!

  • -Yeah. This is a big deal.

  • [ Cheering and applause ] It's a new series.

  • -Yeah. -Why would you do this here?

  • You have to keep testing yourself?

  • -I don't know. I think it was temporary insanity.

  • -[ Laughs, claps ] I lost my damn mind

  • for about five minutes

  • and made a damn decision that I can't take back.

  • -Yeah. -Because the woman is a goddess

  • -Yeah. -and everybody knows her.

  • [ Cheering and applause ] Everybody feels like

  • they want to protect her.

  • Here's the thing -- I'm just going to do the best I can.

  • -[ Laughs ] -That's what I say

  • to my daughter every morning.

  • I said, "Genesis, let me tell you something.

  • Mommy is doing the best she can," so that's it.

  • -That's exactly right. That's exactly right.

  • Have you talked to Michelle since they announced this?

  • -Oh, yes, I have.

  • -Yeah? Good. -I have.

  • For several hours.

  • And it's terrifying because she's --

  • Here's the thing.

  • Sometimes someone doesn't live up

  • to whatever image you have in your head,

  • but when they do live up to the image, it's quite frightening.

  • [ Laughter ] -Yeah! [ Claps ] -You know?

  • It really is. -She really does live up to --

  • She actually is that cool and that awesome.

  • You're going to knock it out of the park. -Yeah, she's that cool, yeah.

  • -I love "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."

  • I thought you were fantastic... -Thank you.

  • -...unrecognizable, almost, in this film.

  • -Thank you. -You had all this weight gain.

  • You had the hair

  • and...the teeth. -The grilles. My grilles.

  • -Oh, my gosh! -Making my grille.

  • -Yeah. -[ Laughs ]

  • You were unbelievable.

  • -Congrats on that -Thank you.

  • -nomination.

  • [ Cheering and applause ]

  • It's a great story.

  • Ma Rainey is also known as the Mother of the Blues.

  • -Yes.

  • -It puts you in the Roaring '20s and in Chicago, exactly.

  • They did such a great job with that.

  • And, obviously, Chadwick Boseman as well

  • is in the film. -Absolutely.

  • Awesome, Chadwick Boseman.

  • And, you know, I told Ann Roth

  • that I wanted a body like Aretha Franklin.

  • So I sent her a picture of Aretha Franklin.

  • I said, "I want my body to look like that."

  • -Yeah. -And so she built me a padding

  • and I'm telling you,

  • I never felt sexier. [ Laughter ]

  • [ Cheering and applause ] -Is that right? -No.

  • -Wow! -I felt like my Aunt Joyce.

  • Jimmy, I had an Aunt Joyce growing up.

  • Aunt Joyce was beautiful to me.

  • She was over 300 pounds.

  • She wore the latest fashions

  • and you could not tell that woman she wasn't cute.

  • She didn't have any problems getting a man,

  • keeping a man, nothing. -[ Claps ]

  • [ Cheering and applause ] -So, when I put on that padding,

  • I felt cute!

  • [ Laughter ] -You were, oh!

  • You were great.

  • For anyone who hasn't seen it,

  • can you set up what the movie's about?

  • -Well, this movie literally is very, very simple.

  • This is the Mother of the Blues, Ma Rainey,

  • who is in Chicago to record an album with her band.

  • And this is a day in the life of recording that album

  • and everything that she has to fight,

  • from the time she walks into the studio to the time she leaves,

  • and that is it.

  • -Yeah. I think, you know,

  • you're amazing in everything you do.

  • I'm a big fan, but I also like Chadwick as well because he

  • -Oh, awesome. Beautiful. -created this character

  • and you go, "Oh, that's a really interesting way to play that."

  • -Yeah, it is, you know.

  • This is someone who's just running from trauma, you know,

  • and probably someone with all the talent

  • and vision in the world,

  • but doesn't understand that, you know,

  • you can't reconcile the past.

  • You know, you have to see it.

  • It's just a heartbreaking performance.

  • And, you know, the thing -- I just --

  • you know, I always say I wish for everyone

  • that they could have just spent a minute with Chadwick Boseman.

  • He was everything.

  • Like I said, not everyone lives up to their name,

  • but this young man, he lived up to his name and his reputation.

  • He was a beautiful human being. -Ah.

  • [ Applause ] I want to show --

  • I want to show a clip.

  • Here's Viola Davis in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."

  • Take a look. -[ Laughs ]

  • -Damn what the band say.

  • You supposed to have my Coca-Cola. You knew that.

  • -[ Laughs ] -I ain't doing nothing

  • without my Coca-Cola.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -Just a minute, here, Ma.

  • You come in an hour late --

  • -You need to get out my face, Irvin.

  • I told you, keep him away from me.

  • -Mel, I'm tired of her nonsense.

  • I'm not going to put up with this.

  • -Let me.

  • Ma, listen.

  • I'll call down to the deli and I'll get a Coke,

  • but let's get started, huh?

  • Sylvester's standing there, ready to go.

  • The band's all set up.

  • Let's do this one song, huh?

  • -Too cheap to buy me a Coca-Cola, I'll buy my own.

  • Slow Drag, Sylvester. Come on, baby.

  • Get me three bottles of Coca-Cola, ice-cold.

  • Get y'all something, too. Keep the change.

  • -Yes, ma'am.

  • -Irvin, get away from me!

  • You can wait 'til I get my Coca-Cola.

  • Ain't gonna kill you. -Okay, Ma.

  • [ Cheering and applause ] -Get the Coca Cola!

  • Who was that?! -[ Laughs ]

  • -Who was it? -You know, Jimmy, though,

  • you know it wasn't really about the Coca-Cola.

  • -No, I know, exactly, right, yeah.

  • -[ Laughs ] -Oh, my gosh. You're amazing.

  • Viola Davis, everybody. Thank you so much

  • for coming out. -Thank you.

  • Thank you, Jimmy. -Say hi to Bailey!

  • "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is on Netflix, everybody.

-My first guest is an Oscar-,

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