Star of The Help Will Adopt

Aug 15, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Actress Viola Davis is adopting a child.

Viola Davis, star of the current film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Help and two-time Tony Award winner, is in the process of adopting a child.

The actress announced the impending addition to her family one day before her 46th birthday, in an interview with E! News at the Hollywood premiere of The Help. Standing beside her husband, Julius Tennon, Davis said the couple plan to adopt a child "domestically." She said Tennon has two adult children, but she and Tennon have no children together.

In addition to her role in The Help, Davis has appeared in many television shows and feature films, including Far From Heaven and Knight and Day. Tennon is an actor who has appeared in TV shows such as The Closer, Friday Night Lights and ER.

Davis will be the latest of many celebrities to adopt. Actress Denise Richards recently adopted a baby girl, Eloise Joni. She told US Weekly the adoption process was lengthy and stressful.

"The adoption took two years, and there were times I felt discouraged, times when I got close to adopting a baby and it fell through," Richards said.