Viola Davis Gushes About Her ‘Messy’ Role In ‘How To Get Away With Murder’

July 16, 2014  |  

Earlier this year, we told you that Viola Davis had been cast to play an adulterous law professor in Shonda Rhimes’ in newest ABC thriller, “How To Get Away With Murder.” In case you missed it, the seasoned actress will be playing Annalise Keating, a ruthless criminal defense professor who, along with her flock of students, finds herself in the middle of the campus’ shocking murder plot.

“Annalise Keating is everything you hope your Criminal Law professor will be – brilliant, passionate, creative and charismatic,” ABC describes her character. :She’s also everything you don’t expect – sexy, glamorous, unpredictable and dangerous.

As fearless in the courtroom as she is in the classroom, Annalise is a defense attorney who represents the most hardened, violent criminals – people who’ve committed everything from fraud to arson to murder – and she’ll do almost anything to win their freedom. On the surface, Annalise seems like she has it all – a successful career and loving husband, Sam (Tom Verica) – but her relationship with a local Philadelphia detective, Nate (Billy Brown), will force her to confront secrets about her life she never saw coming.”

This may be the Academy-Award nominated actress’ most scandalous role to date, but apparently Viola is “here” for all of the messiness that is Annalise Keating!

“I love the fact that she’s messy and mysterious and you don’t know who she is,” Viola was quoted telling reporters by the Associated Press.

“I think as human beings we are a mess,” she continued.”But a lot of times the narratives we see in TV, film or even theater don’t match the mess. I think that’s a challenge for any writer, any artist, to match the art with the mess of what we call life. And that’s the appeal of this character.”

“How To Get Away With Murder” premieres Sept. 25. Will you be tuning in?

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