Viola Davis, Dakota Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer bring the glamour to The First Lady premiere in LA


Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gillian Anderson and Dakota Fanning were dressed to impress at the premiere of their highly-anticipated series The First Lady in Los Angeles, California on Thursday evening.

For the star-studded occasion, held at the at the DGA Theater, Davis, 56, who portrays Michelle Obama in the drama, rocked a bright orange, floor-length gown, sparkly gold earrings and glamorous smoky grey eyeshadow.  

Ahead of the release of Aaron Cooley’s political anthology, which also stars Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, this Sunday on Showtime, the Scarface actress, 63, oozed sophistication in a black satin suit with a plunging blouse and semi-sheer pumps.

The Batman Returns star wore her shoulder-length blonde hair in loose waves and opted for glowing makeup look, consisting of a pink lipstick and sweeping of blush for a gorgeous healthy-looking glow on her flawless skin. 

Meanwhile, Anderson stood out from the crowd in a hot pink strapless blouse, matching trousers and a pair of heels in the same shade.

Fanning, who plays Pfeiffer onscreen daughter Susan Elizabeth Ford, showcased her incredible figure in a black slip derss with a lace bodice and daring thigh-high slit. 

Beaming: She completed her looked with a pair of sparkly gold earrings, glamorous smokey grey eyeshadow, and jeweled clutch

Looking good! The Batman Returns star wore her shoulder-length blonde hair in loose waves and opted for glowing makeup look, consisting of a pink lipstick and sweeping of blush for a gorgeous healthy-looking glow on her flawless skin

Looking good! The Batman Returns star wore her shoulder-length blonde hair in loose waves and opted for glowing makeup look, consisting of a pink lipstick and sweeping of blush for a gorgeous healthy-looking glow on her flawless skin

President's daughter: The Uptown Girls star plays Pfeiffer onscreen daughter Susan Elizabeth Ford in the upcoming series

Leggy display: Fanning showcased her incredible figure in a black slip derss with a lace bodice and daring thigh-high slit

Leggy display: Fanning showcased her incredible figure in a black slip derss with a lace bodice and daring thigh-high slit

The 28-year-old Uptown Girls completed her chic ensemble with a pair of open-toed strappy heels, a diamond choker and black clips in her straight platinum blonde tresses. 

Davis, Pfeiffer, and Anderson appeared in high spirits in high spirits as they mingled and posed for group photos together with their arms wrapped each other.

Tia Mowry, Judy Greer, Amber Riley, Amber Childers, Gloria Reuben were all also in attendance at the event. 

Star-studded cast: Davis, Pfeiffer, and Anderson appeared in high spirits in high spirits as they mingled and posed for group photos together with their arms wrapped each other

Star-studded cast: Davis, Pfeiffer, and Anderson appeared in high spirits in high spirits as they mingled and posed for group photos together with their arms wrapped each other

Coming soon: The First Lady debuts this Sunday on Showtime

Coming soon: The First Lady debuts this Sunday on Showtime

Happy couple: Pfeiffer's husband David E. Kelley, who she wed back in 1993, came to support

Happy couple: Pfeiffer’s husband David E. Kelley, who she wed back in 1993, came to support

Ooh la la! Jayme Lawson rocked a dark green dress that featured an eye-catching ruffled portion

Gorgeous: Lexi Underwood opted for an entirely white-and-gold outfit during the star-studded event

Ooh la la! Jayme Lawson rocked a dark green dress that featured an eye-catching ruffled portion. Lexi Underwood opted for an entirely white-and-gold outfit during the star-studded event

Lady in red: Shannon Purser stood out in a red floral-printed dress and a crimson pair of high-heeled shoes while she posed for a photo at the premiere

Lady in red: Shannon Purser stood out in a red floral-printed dress and a crimson pair of high-heeled shoes while she posed for a photo at the premiere

Earlier this week, Davis talked about the stress of playing former first lady Michelle Obama in the ten-part series — because of the high expectations that come with portraying a person that is beloved by so many.

‘I’m glad it’s over!’ she said on Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. ‘I mean, the stress. Because everybody likes — loves — Michelle Obama. They know what she sounds like, they know what she looks like.

‘And I’m like, “I don’t want Michelle Obama calling me, cussing me out.”‘

Pretty: King Richard star Saniyya Sidney stunned in a white and silver blouse and matching trousers

Working it! Tia Mowry put on a leggy display in a pair of blue shorts and matching blazer

On the red carpet: Tia Mowry, Judy Greer, Amber Riley, Amber Childers, Gloria Reuben were all also in attendance at the event

Flower power: Greer looked ethereal in a floral gown and her blonde hair in a sleek bun

Flower power: Greer looked ethereal in a floral gown and her blonde hair in a sleek bun

Glowing: Glee star Amber Riley sported a sexy green minidress, coordinating heels, and a Gucci crossbody

Glowing: Glee star Amber Riley sported a sexy green minidress, coordinating heels, and a Gucci crossbody

Gorgeous: Canadian-American actress Gloria Reuben wore a cobalt blue and black dress with a tiny slit

Gorgeous: Canadian-American actress Gloria Reuben wore a cobalt blue and black dress with a tiny slit

While on the late night show, Kimmel pointed out that Davis had the biggest challenge because she’s playing someone who is still alive.

‘It may seem like you’re giving me a compliment, but you’re just rising my anxiety level. That’s all you’re doing right now,’ she said.

In fact, she was incredulous at the suggestion that she had reached out to the former first lady about the role or sent her screeners.

Bold: Insatiable's Arden Myrin styled a yellow blouse with a pari of zebra-striped shorts

Bold: Insatiable’s Arden Myrin styled a yellow blouse with a pari of zebra-striped shorts

Fun night out: Aaron Sorkin looked dapper in a beige blazer over a light blue button-down

Fun night out: Aaron Sorkin looked dapper in a beige blazer over a light blue button-down

Actor Kiefer Sutherland wore a navy blue suit with a polka-dot tie

Turning heads: Thuso Mbedu commanded attention in a silky lime green minidress and dazzling pumps

Kiefer Sutherland, Thuso Mbedu, Troy Trowbridge were also among the attendees

Tiny Pretty Things's Troy Trowbridge flaunted her toned physique in a low-cut grey midi dress

Tiny Pretty Things’s Troy Trowbridge flaunted her toned physique in a low-cut grey midi dress

Handsome: OT Fagbenle cut a dapper figure in a black  tuxedo and matching trousers

Robert De Niro's son Julian wore a black suit and white sneakers

Handsome: OT Fagbenle cut a dapper figure in a black tuxedo and matching trousers

Fashionable: Regina Taylor opted for a patterned pink-and-black dress while posing for a photo

Making an impression: Camille Hyde donned a sparkling jacket and a matching set of pants

Fashionable: Regina Taylor opted for a patterned pink-and-black dress while posing for a photo. Camille Hyde donned a sparkling jacket and a matching set of pants

‘I am hiding from Michelle. I’m hiding. I’m hiding in my house,’ she said. ‘I’m not sending her nothing.’

Davis — who has won as won an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, three Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards — seems anxious that the former first lady might not like something about her performance.

‘That’s the kind of thing where you have to prostate yourself on the floor and just go, “OK, Michelle, I messed up,”‘ she said.

Fashionable: Amber Childers rocked a black houndstooth pattern blazer dress

Fashionable: Amber Childers rocked a black houndstooth pattern blazer dress

Beaming: House of Cards' Derek Cecil attended with his wife Melissa Bruning

Beaming: House of Cards’ Derek Cecil attended with his wife Melissa Bruning

Mixing patterns: Loni Love wore a zebra-patterned strapless gown over a black lace long sleeve

Mixing patterns: Loni Love wore a zebra-patterned strapless gown over a black lace long sleeve

Inventing Anna star Kathleen Garrett stuck to a classic black jacket and white lace tank

Inventing Anna star Kathleen Garrett stuck to a classic black jacket and white lace tank

While Davis didn’t speak to Obama during or after the making of the series, she has spoken her before — but she told Deadline she’s keeping most of the contents of their conversation private.

‘What’s dramatic about Michelle Obama? I’ll tell you what’s dramatic. She is a black woman and the first Black woman in the White House built by slaves, someone who literally was perceived to be overly masculine, not feminine, angry, hostile, and I will share one thing that she said to me,’ she said. 

‘She said, “I’m not even an angry person.” Isn’t that something? Listen, I am sort of an angry person, but she’s not. And so what I wanted to do was honor her and not the perception of what Black women are supposed to be.’

Viola Davis says that it was stressful playing former first lady Michelle Obama in Showtime's new series The First Lad

Open book: Davis recently said that it was stressful playing former first lady Michelle Obama in Showtime’s new series The First Lady

The series also stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford

The series also stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford

Gillian Anderson plays Eleanor Roosevelt (pictured)

Gillian Anderson plays Eleanor Roosevelt (pictured)

Davis’ Obama does have some emotional moments in the series, and Davis said they employed artistic license — like when Michelle uses the n-word in a conversation with her husband about racist attacks.

‘We use creative license because we all know that Michelle Obama is someone who does not like politics, the viciousness of it,’ she said.

‘And so it was an imagined conversation. And I did push for those words to be used because I know that those are the words that Black people use in private. We do. We use those words in private, especially to drive something home, and Michelle Obama is from the South Side of Chicago.

‘So I felt it was imagined but I felt good about it being something that could have happened.’



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