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Here’s What Viola Davis Really Thinks About Those Hot ‘HTGAWM’ Sex Scenes!

We can’t get enough of the ABC show “How to Get Away With Murder,” and if you watch the show like us, you know there’s a lot of sex! From the professors to the students, everybody gets some!

According to the show’s star, Emmy and Academy award winner Viola Davis, it’s the sex scenes, not the plot twists, which she feels go too far.

“People have sex onscreen, and, now, we know people don’t have sex like that,” said Davis while speaking on a panel at the Paley Center in New York this past Thursday.

“Nobody puts down a towel. At some point I said, ‘I’ve got to take the wig off before somebody throws me up against the wall. Who gets thrown up against a wall!? I mean, I’d throw my neck out. Those scenes I feel go too far.”

However, Davis does love the fact she’s able to portray her character, defense attorney Annalise Keating, as a real woman of color.

“I always feel like when I look at women on TV that they’re an extension of male fantasy, or female fantasy; I never see a real woman,” she said.

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“The women in my life are anywhere from a size two to a size 26. They don’t know how to walk in heels, but they buy them anyway. They’re messy; they have questionable sex lives. I think they really represent the broad spectrum of humanity. And I wanted to see a real woman of color on television. I wanted to be a real woman, I felt like that would be the most progressive choice that I could make, and not kind of copy what I’ve seen before on TV.”

To showcase a real woman, that requires you to be, well, real. Davis isn’t afraid to show her character without makeup or her wig.

“I thought, why can’t I take my wig off? Why can’t I be a leading lady and not wear makeup? Why can’t I be a size 8? Why can’t I walk funky in heels? Why can’t I represent the broad spectrum and depth and vastness of what it means to be a woman and be all of those things: sexy, mysterious, messy?”

Davis told the show’s creator, Peter Nowalk, because she appeared in every scene with a wig, makeup and a tight dress, he had to agree to let her take off her wig.

“I’ve got to show the world what it really means to be a woman of color, what it means to be private and public.”

Indeed, this is true as many women take off their wigs and makeup when they get home.

If you remember from the first season, as we learned more about Annalise’s life, we met her mother, who was played by the legendary Cicely Tyson. It turns out, that was Davis’ idea.

“She’s age-appropriate,” said Davis of Tyson. “Because they do that with women a lot — well, they do that with people a lot, and they do it a lot with women of color — they’ll cast a 40-year-old woman to play a 90-year-old woman. But I felt like, I’m 50, Miss Tyson is 90, and I just thought it was a revelation, that episode. I thought that there were so many things in that episode that were so specific to African-American culture, and it spoke to that mother-daughter relationship. It was just progressive in the most subtle but bodacious way, and I just felt so proud.”

Davis is most likely speaking of the scene where Tyson is greasing the scalp of her character, something every Black woman and girl can relate to!

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.