Viola Davis is everything and more.
The How To Get Away With Murder actress spoke with Vulture TV to talk about the importance of her role as Annalise Keating on the hit TV series. Throughout the interview, Davis points out how her role is changing the game: “The fact that they cast a woman who’s dark-skinned and 50, who’s my size, my everything. [Can] you name an example of anything like that on network television?”
Check out more interview excerpts below:
Your character on How to Get Away With Murder, Annalise Keating, is unlike any character I’ve ever seen. Was the Annalise we see today on the page when you got your first script?
It was the beginnings of that, [but] you never know how it’s going to be developed, you just see the pilot script. I did [know] there were going to be as many sex scenes. I saw the beginnings of someone who probably would be a no-holds-barred type of character.
In terms of the broader industry, things have changed a lot in the past few years and now we have you and Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson leading your own shows. Do you think that’s indicative of some sort of sea change?
Absolutely. Shonda Rhimes got the PGA Award this past year, and her speech was fantastic. I always feel like most of the revolutionary speeches get ignored because people haven’t caught up to it yet. But one of the things she said was she deserved the award, that’s No. 1, and the other thing she said is, “the reason that I deserve this award is because I ask for what I want. When I walk in a room, I say this is my vision, this is what I want.” And she got it. Most people don’t even do that. They say a closed mouth doesn’t get fed, and I think that’s a lot of times what happens with women. She certainly is a woman of vision, and she was the first person to put Olivia Pope out there. Once again, people can have a lot of criticism, but Olivia Pope is the only black woman on TV since Diahann Carroll.
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SOURCE: Vulture | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty