How to Get Away with Murder’s Viola Davis is latest cover star for Entertainment Weekly. The Oscar-nominated actress talks ‘HTGAWM’ sex scenes, paparazzi and more.
Check out excerpts below.
On healing her inner child and feeling worthy: “There are times when I’m helping her along telling her that we’re okay and we’re worthy. And there are times that she reminds me of how unbelievable my life is.” “I’m surprised at my life now, really.” That’s different from feeling like I deserve it, and I feel like I do. But I’m surprised by it… All I wanted to be was really good at what I did.”
On paparazzi: “I literally rolled out of bed and rolled into a Target with [my daughter] Genesis, and the paparazzi caught me. I wore a wool hat and my Jimmy Kimmel sweat jacket. I was just not looking great. But it’s not a big idea. Those are princess problems. In the grand scheme of life, that’s very minuscule to complain about.”
On love scenes on How to Get Away with Murder: “It was nerve-wracking, but I went for it. Anyone should be nervous doing very personal and private scenes. If you are not nervous, then something is wrong with you.”
On aging and remaining relevant: “There’s the reality of being an actor, especially after two Academy Award nominations, and there’s the fantasy. People oversimplify it by saying, start a production company, get your own stuff going on … as if it’s that easy. I’ve had a production company for years. We have great projects coming up, but it’s been a battle, okay? At the same time, you have to stay relevant because you have to be bankable to the foreign market. So when How to Get Away with Murder came along, I had my a-ha moment. I knew it would have a great time slot, and I would be a lead in a TV show. I’d get to play a role that’s sexualized, messy, all those of things I never get to play. And at the same time, I can be relevant.”
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