Viola Davis joins 'Tara'

Appearing in seven episodes of Showtime series

Viola Davis will join fellow Oscar-nominated actress Toni Collette on her Showtime series "United States of Tara."

Davis, who was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for "Doubt," will appear in seven of the 12 episodes of the show's upcoming season. She will play Lynda, an unconventional artist who plays a significant role in the lives of Tara (Collette) and her daughter Kate (Brie Larson).

Created by "Juno" writer Diablo Cody and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, "Tara" stars Collette as Tara, a suburban wife and mother struggling with multiple-personality disorder.

Davis, a veteran TV and stage actress whose series credits include "Law & Order: SVU" and "City of Angels," made her feature breakthrough with "Doubt," in which she played the mother of a boy at risk.

At the SAG Awards this year, her co-star Meryl Streep, with whom she shares a scene, acknowledged her while accepting the best actress award.

"The gigantically gifted Viola Davis -- my God, somebody give her a movie," Streep shouted in one of the most memorable moments of the show.

Davis, who recently appeared in "Madea Goes to Jail" and "State of Play," is repped by APA and Principal Entertainment.
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