Gallery Update | 2014 Events

I am doing some work on the gallery and have added images from the events that Viola has attended so far this year.

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Viola Davis Online > EVENTS And APPEARANCES > 2014

HTGAWM | He Has A Wife Captures

New captures are in the gallery from Thursday’s all new episode of How to Get Away With Murder …

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Viola Davis Online > How to Get Away with Murder {2014-Present} > Season One > Episode Captures > 01×08 | He Has A Wife

Tom Verica on Playing Viola Davis’s Husband on How to Get Away With Murder

Tom Verica who portrays Sam Keating on How To Get Away With Murder (along with as a producer and director on Scandal) spoke with Vulture about playing opposite of Viola and how that is what drew him to going in front of the camera for this part.

Your main job was, and is, serving as a director/producer on Scandal. How did you end up back in front of the camera?
Last spring, as they were prepping the pilot for How to Get Away With Murder, I was prepping the finale for Scandal. The casting director called me up to feel me out and let me know what [the part] was. I hadn’t read the script, but I said, “Look, if it’s to play Viola Davis’s husband, I’d be very attracted to that.” But I didn’t know if I’d be able to do it because of [the Scandal finale]. The next thing I know, a couple hours later, Shonda comes into my office and says, “I want you to play this part. I have you in mind for it, and if we can make it work, I’d like you do it.” And when your boss asks you to do something, you kind of have to do it. It was a scheduling nightmare, but to get to flex my acting muscles opposite Ms. Davis? I didn’t see many downsides to it.

You mentioned before that the chance to work with Viola Davis was a key reason to take the role on Murder. What’s it been like so far?
It was a bit intimidating initially. She’s such a powerhouse. She has so much strength in her performance. It’s kind of like a tennis partner — you want to stay up with her, and as she’s giving it to you, you want to hit it back. As soon as you get into a scene, you strip away that outside knowledge and experience of who an actor is and what they’ve done before … you have to be present in that moment. Who she is and what’s she’s done has to go out the window. You have to commit to this relationship and who she is with me in that moment. But I’m so impressed and blown away with how dialed in she is to the character. She just elevates everything. I don’t think there’s any other character like hers on television.

To read the entire interview go here.

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‘How To Get Away With Murder’: On The Set with Access Hollywood

Billy Bush went to the set of How To Get Away With Murder … and here is Access Hollywood’s coverage of the visit!

HTGAWM | He Deserved to Die Captures

Added HQ captures from Thursday’s episode of How To Get Away with Murder. This show gets better every week!

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Viola Davis Online > How to Get Away with Murder {2014-Present} > Season One > Episode Captures > 01×07 | He Deserved to Die

‘How To Get Away With Murder’: Viola Davis On Sex Scenes & Removing The Wig

Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson spoke with viola on her new series and how she has to warn her mother about those sex scenes in her new series!

Viola Davis is heating up the small screen as illustrious defense attorney Annalise Keating on ABC’s “How To Get Away with Murder,” with multiple steamy sex scenes in the show’s first seven episodes.

Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson visited the “HTGAWM” set, where Viola opened up about what’s ahead for Annalise’s love life.

(Hint: Annalise’s sex life is full steam ahead!)

“Get ready!” Viola told Shaun, when asked about Annalise “getting it on.”

The Academy Award-nominated actress said there’s one “HTGAWM” fan she has to pre-warn about upcoming sex scenes – her mom.

“I’ve gotta tell my mother beforehand so she has time to leave the house for about 3 or 4 minutes,” Viola said. “Because otherwise, I’m gonna be afraid to go back home to Rhode Island for the holidays!”

While the show’s many sex scenes (Annalise is definitely not the only character with an active love life!) are generating buzz, one of the series’ most talked about moments to date was inspired by a conversation between Viola and executive producer Shonda Rhimes.

“The conversation was, ‘Shonda, I want to take my wig off,'” Viola said, referencing a recent scene where Annalise removes her wig and all of her makeup on camera before confronting her husband about his infidelities. “You know, I said, ‘I do not want a scene where I’m going to bed at night with my wig on’ – we don’t [do that].

“That scene was two-fold,” she continued. “That scene was watching a woman prepare to go to bed at night, really watching it. I thought that that would be powerful, but I also thought that it would be powerful watching someone taking off a mask.”

Viola received support from two other well-known African-American actresses after that scene aired.

“[I heard from] Halle Berry and [‘Sleepy Hollow’ star] Nicole Beharie,” she revealed. “Halle Berry just said, ‘Girl, I had to send you an e-mail, you’re doing such a great job, I celebrate you.’ She’s always like that by the way. She’s very very, very supportive.”

“How To Get Away with Murder” airs Thursdays at 10 PM on ABC.

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