The Oscar winner, in hilarious detail by the way, recounts how the two met, their first date, and the biggest lessons they've learned during their marriage in OWN's new docu-series, "Black Love," premiering tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
"I was terrified because he told me exactly who he was," Davis says in episode one, titled "Where Love Begins." "He was absolutely honest about his past."
Davis and Tennon are joined by everyday couples, along with other celebrity twosomes such as Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, Vanessa Bell and Anthony Calloway, and Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Cory Hardwick, in the four-episode series.
Newlywed Codie Oliver, who created "Black Love" with her husband, filmmaker Tommy Oliver, was inspired to create a documentary about celebrity black love in 2007.
"It was very clear that we needed to see that," she said. "I felt seeing is believing."
Oliver said one of her favorite moments in the docu-series was when Davis, 52, described when she finally admitted to her husband that she had bad credit.
Oliver said she and her husband loved the story because it was "funny" but also "super real."
"Because there’s all kinds of awkward conversations that you don’t want to have. You don't want to deal with that stuff but they’re real and they’re necessary if you’re going to partner with someone for life," Oliver explained.
Oliver said the couples' authenticity is why viewers will appreciate "Black Love," which also features same-sex couples and interracial couples.
"It was really important to show the clumsiness of relationships," she explained, along with tackling "the things that basically could’ve broken them completely and...the greatest lessons that they’ve learned that will help them and others make it through the long haul."