Viola Davis says her ‘HTGAWM’ role has “served [her] well” and “redefined” black women on TV  – Music News

Written by on April 2, 2020

ABC/Brian Bowen SmithAhead of final season return of ABC’s How To Get Away With MurderViola Davis is reflecting on her groundbreaking character, Annalise Keating, and the impact that she’s had on Davis’ career.

When asked to share her thoughts about the show’s end– and whether she was upset to see it go, or happy to start the next chapter in her career– Davis tells ABC Audio that “it’s a bit of both.”

“You know, Annalise Keating has served me well,” Davis says. “She has introduced me to the global market.”

Davis also explains that Annalise — a confident and complex, high-profile criminal defense attorney and law professor — helped to show a different type of lead character, one not often portrayed by black women.

“And like I said, she’s redefined the leading lady,” the Oscar winner continues. “And she’s redefined what it means to be a black woman, especially on TV.”

Her husband, Julius Tennon, agrees, telling his wife lovingly, “And a woman of a certain you, a beautiful you.” 

The second half of the final season of How to Get Away with Murder airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.


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