Viola Davis brings to life the seemingly stony character of a law professor
Law Professor Annalise Keating is no stranger to murder. But it takes on a whole new meaning on the latest legal soap series, How To Get Away With Murder. The talented Viola Davis plays the strong character, a role she was drawn to instantly, she says. Returning after a long winter break, the show has picked up post the revelation that it was Annalise’s student Wes who killed her husband, Sam. Davis tells us that she doesn’t know what the next step in her role is. “This is new for me so I really don’t know where it is going. But as an actress of 26 years, I can control who she is as a person, what her memories are, what her past is, what emotions she is covering up,” reveals the critically acclaimed actor, who recently won the People’s Choice Award for her portrayal of Annalise.
Crediting the role for ‘bringing her back to life’ as an actor, Davis says any hesitation in taking on the role, was due to hectic TV schedules hampering family time. “I’m always thinking: Am I going to see my daughter? And, of course, a part of me that wants to sleep for 12 hours a day,” she laughs.
Describing her role as sexy, mysterious and messy, she tells us that the series’ title was planned. “If you can afford a good attorney, you can literally get away with murder,” she reveals adding that she’s happy for people to call Annalise the anti-hero. Admitting she is completely different from her character, Davis explains, “There is nothing about her, except the basic human need to feel loved that you can compare me to.”
And the morals of Annalise? “I’m always confused when people say that. I found her to be a realistic protagonist. I find her to be very human, as we all are, in that we all have grey areas. In fact, that was the attraction,” she signs off.
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— Aakanksha Devi