Genesis Tennon: Facts About Viola Davis & Julius Tennon’s Daughter

Viola Davis is, to put it subtly, an icon. Not only is she the first Black actress to win the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony), but she has also had major roles in some of the most popular movies and shows of the past decade. As it turns out, the How To Get Away With Murder actress also has another role that keeps her busy—motherhood.

Though Davis’s remarkable works on screen have made her an international star and one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood, her biggest achievement is being a mom to her only daughter, Genesis, whom she shares with her husband, Julius Tennon. And while Davis’s life is always a topic of interest, some details about her daughter remain unknown to many, including the actress’s fans. From her favorite actress to what she likes to do in her free time.

Here are a few interesting facts to note about Genesis Tennon:

Is Violas Daughter Adopted?

Davis and Julius adopted Genesis as an infant in 2011. Reports about her age vary, but she is believed to be around ten years old. Also, not much has been revealed about her biological parents except that her mother was reportedly a snx worker who battled with a drug addiction problem. However, despite not being her biological child, Davis has in the past said her love for Genesis was born from the heart, and there is really no doubt to that. Over the years, the mother-daughter duo has given fans a glimpse of their incredible bond in several heartwarming moments, and we can’t help but love these two!

While Davis’s fame and success can be largely attributed to her remarkable acting skills, she draws plenty of inspiration from her daughter. According to the actress, Genesis is more than anything she ever wanted. She has also credited the little one for always uplifting her spirit, motivating her to become stronger, and helping her stay independent. In addition to her successful acting career, Davis also doubles as a philanthropist and an activist, meaning that she is no doubt also an inspiration to the little one. Talk about a dynamic duo!

Does Viola Davis have a baby?

Genesis might be Davis’s only child, but she is not the only child of Julius Tennon. In addition to Genesis, Julius is also a father to two grown-up sons whom he welcomed from his first marriage to Sheryl Lynn Arnold. This makes Viola a stepmom of two, and a doting one at that!

Genesis Tennon Career

At only a young age, Genesis is seemingly walking in her mother’s footsteps as she already has a knack for acting. The little one made her big-screen debut as a voice actress in 2019’s The Angry Birds Movie 2, where she was the voice of the character Vivi. This was Genesis’s first credited acting role, and it was no doubt an impressive feat for the daughter of an icon. When asked if she would love to be an actress, a younger Genesis referenced her mom, saying “Yeah, cause she’s awesome at her work”. With her love for acting, there is no doubt that Genesis is ready for the spotlight seeing that she has an amazing role model for a mom!

Though different in many ways, Genesis and Davis share similar, difficult backstories, making their love for each other more profound and genuine. The iconic actress has always been open about being born in a one-room shack in South California and says she has only one photo of herself as a child. Similarly, there are also claims that Genesis was born by an unfit mother into a poor living condition. Though Davis has never revealed why she chose Genesis, it only makes sense that the actress wants to give this child better opportunities, given that she knows just how challenging life can get.


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