Viola Davis: My Husband Encourages Me to Go Wigless

02/24/2012 at 03:00 PM ET

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Daughter Genesis is still getting used to seeing mom Viola Davis without her wigs, but the actress is covering up less and less these days, thanks to some encouragement from her husband.

Speaking to InStyle.com during a private dinner party in Los Angeles recently, Davis recounted a message from hubby Julius Tennon. “He said, ‘If you want to wear it for your career, that’s fine, but in your life wear your hair. Step into who you are,'” she said. “It’s a very powerful statement.”

Davis, who went au naturel recently for the Los Angeles Times magazine, said she’s not sure if she’ll revert back to wearing her fake hair anytime soon. “We’ll see,” she said. “I think I’ll change it up every once in a while. It gives me flavor. It makes me feel like I’m spicing up my life a bit.” Tell us: Do you think Davis should go without her wig on Oscar night?

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Mel on

She looks unbelievable no matter what. It’s so nice that her husband is so encouraging.

Leelee on

I didn’t think it was possible for her to be MORE gorgeous! She should never wear wigs in her “real” life. Hope you win tomorrow!!

Guest on

I wish more black women would wear their hair “au natural”. It’s unique and beautiful!

Sue on

She looks absolutely beautiful!

limner1 on

Viola, you are beautiful and more so without those wigs. Welcome to the natural state. Your husband is a smart man, but that’s probably one of the reasons you married him, huh? I wish we could all embrace our natural selves.

ugh on

this headline is really disrespectful. “goes wigless.” the people who write for this blog have no tact.

Sharon on

What a beautiful woman.

Denise Smith on

She looks beautiful au naturel.

Patty on

I support any women or man’s right to adorn themselves as they deem appropriate to attract and sustain their relationships. Viola continues to wear her makeup. That is ok. But, it’s also ok for women to augment themselves with hair color changes and augmentations. It’s character that matters. Honesty, discipline, compassion.

Deborah on

Yes! She looks gorgeous with her own hair – like it much better than the wigs.

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