Viola Davis talks Sex and her role as Annalise Keating in How To Get Away With Murder
In an exclusive interview on Variety’s YouTube channel in their Actors on Actors segment (where actors interview each other) Viola Davis and Tom Hanks interview each other about their acting careers. Viola Davis talked about her character Annalise Keating in How To Get Away With Murder saying, “I saw that role as an opportunity for something that was way bigger than doing good work. I saw it as an opportunity for a dark-skinned actress of 50 to be in a role that is sexualized, not sexy.” Viola Davis was not referring to the sexual objectification of women in film and television, but a lack of women of color being sexual or expressing their sexuality on screen. In How To Get Away With Murder we see the character Annalise in a few different sex scenes with men and a woman.
Viola Davis also stated in the interview that just because she is not a size two doesn’t mean she could not do a sex scene. She wanted people to see how other bodies look, not the typical size two as we normally see in a sex scene. Viola Davis's character helps break the mold that we often see of women in television. She would take her wig off and not wear any makeup, breaking down the image of a non-realistic woman portrayed on screen. One that is usually looking perfect and well kept.
Just a year after the hashtag #Oscarssowhite took over the Internet it has become very apparent that there is a lack of representation of minorities in movies and television. Viola Davis is apart of a small group of actresses who are bringing a new and positive portrayal of women of color to screen. You can check out the full interview below.