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The First Lady: First look of Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gillian Anderson as Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, Eleanor Roosevelt out

The First Lady recounts Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt's paths to Washington in an intimate and instructive way.

Aishwarya Vasudevan
Nov 09, 2021
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The first look at the leading ladies of The First Lady is finally out. Featuring Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Gillian Anderson as first ladies Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt, respectively, the photos will leave you excited for sure. Along with the first look, the other actors playing important characters have also been revealed. The limited series by Showtime has Cathy Schulman as the showrunner and is directed by Susanne Bier.

The First Lady recounts Obama, Ford, and Roosevelt's paths to Washington intimately and instructively. In the first look featuring Davis, she is seen alongside O-T Fagbenle, who plays Barack Obama in the series. While talking about playing Michelle Obama, the Oscar-winning actor told Entertainment Weekly that Michelle has her undivided attention. As an actor, it's her responsibility not to pass judgement on the characters we play, but she can't help but think Michelle is dope.

While Pfeiffer as Ford will be seen with Dakota Fanning as Susan Ford and Aaron Eckhart as Jerry Ford. Speaking of Betty Ford, Schulman told the international publication that, as Betty's life was so often out of control due to her reliance, Pfeiffer had a huge role to play. The maker added that Michelle is both lovely and fragile and vulnerable and strong, and Betty was just like that, so it's just what they needed.

Finally, Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt will be seen with Cailee Spaeny as Anna Roosevelt and Kiefer Sutherland as Franklin D. Roosevelt. Talking about the Emmy-awardee as the First Lady, Bier shared that Gillian has a poetic aspect to her. 

While sharing about directing all the 10 episodes, Bier summed it up as "Wanting to have a version of life while still being someone's wife and managing to have a huge impact? I fell in love with all three of them. "


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