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So here’s a shocker! We caught up with Viola Davis at the junket for “Won’t Back Down” and asked the regal and stunningly beautiful actress what she was like in school. Davis dished, that as a public school elementary school student, she was “not good at all.” Gasp! What?! We thought the talented actress would have been a straight A student who was outshining first graders regularly!  She goes on to admit that she spent a good amount of time in detention and hid plenty of pink slips from her parents.  In “Won’t Back Down,” Davis plays Nona Alberts, a determined mother who rediscovers her passion for teaching in her attempt to takeover the failing John Adams school.  Davis recalls her own “Nona,” the director of an Upward Bound program who has been instrumental in her life.  Watch the clip below:


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