Viola Marsette, known to Robyn McCall as Aunt Vi, has a close relationship with both her niece and grand-niece Delilah. A talented painter, she lives with McCall and Delilah and plays a vital role in helping them mend their broken bond.
Vi is played by the famous actress Lorraine Toussaint. According to Variety, Toussaint began her acting career on stage, playing such iconic roles as Lady Macbeth. She began working in film and television in the 1980s, landing small roles in productions like Breaking In and One Life to Live. Toussaint garnered much more attention when she landed the role of attorney Rene Jackson on the Lifetime Original Series Any Day Now.
In the years that followed, she appeared in shows ranging from Law & Order, where she played Shambala Green, to Saving Grace, where she played Captain Kate Perry. Toussaint received particular recognition for her memorable portrayal of the manipulative Vee Parker in Orange Is the New Black. More recently she has appeared in Forever, Rosewood, The Village and Your Honor. She has also had a number of impressive film roles, including Amelia Boynton Robinson in the acclaimed drama Selma.