Viola Davis Explains How Annalise Keating And "HTGAWM" Changed Her Life

“Annalise Keating has changed the game.”

The only person who loves How To Get Away With Murder‘s Annalise Keating more than her adoring fans, is the woman who plays her: Viola Davis.

The only person who loves How To Get Away With Murder's Annalise Keating more than her adoring fans, is the woman who plays her: Viola Davis.

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And in a recent interview with PorterEdit, Viola revealed just how much the role has changed not only her career, but her life.

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“I’m 52 and darker than a paper bag. Women who look like me are relegated to the back of the bus, auditioning for crackheads and mammas and the person with a hand on her hip who is always described as ‘sassy’ or ‘soulful’.”

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“I’ve had a 30-year career and I have rarely gotten roles that are fleshed out, even a little bit. I mean, you wouldn’t think [these characters] have a vagina. Annalise Keating has changed the game.”

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“Very rarely in my career – and in my life – have I been allowed to explore that part of myself, to be given permission to know that is an aspect of my humanity, that I desire and am desired.”

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“I always felt in playing sexuality you have to look a certain way, to be a certain size, to walk a certain way. Until I realized that what makes people lean in is when they see themselves.”

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“I am mirroring women. I always say it is not my job to be sexy, it’s my job to be sexual. That’s the difference.”

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