Viola Davis dishes ‘HTGAWM’ wig scene and working with Meryl Streep (Exclusive Video)

During our recent webcam chat (watch below), Viola Davis reveals why she wanted to do that now infamous scene in the fourth episode of her hit freshman series “How to Get Away with Murder.” “My taking off the wig is a seemingly very simple act, it really is. But not. Because for me, I have seen women on screen for so many years and I don’t know who they are … I’ve never seen the mask come off.”

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Davis plays lawyer Annalise Keating on the ABC drama, a role with which she feels a special connection. “For me, I just feel like a woman who is my type, being able to take the mask off and being able to be flashy in the courtroom and also have this kind of hot boyfriend, it was a chance for me to introduce something different. And at the end of the day, something very real and honest.”

While Davis may be a shoo-in to receive an Emmy nomination this year, she is no stranger to awards. She chats with Daniel Montgomery and me in-depth about her recent SAG victory, saying that it was “very exciting, as you would imagine. Very exciting, exhilarating, surprising that you could be chosen amongst really fabulous women. And then, you know, it’s the inevitable feeling afterwards of ‘now what’?”

She also recalls her Oscar nominations for “Doubt” and “The Help” and her evolving friendship with Meryl Streep. “It’s a relationship between actors. It’s a relationship between people who love the work and who are in it for the work and who find the work quite exciting. And, you know, she also has a wicked sense of humor, so that helps. You can have a few laughs and a couple of drinks with her after a hard day.”

Below: Watch our complete interview with Davis where she dishes her favorite twists from Season 1 of “How to Get Away with Murder,” and then use the easy drag-and-drop menu to tell us if you think she will win Best Drama Actress at the Emmys.

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3 thoughts on “Viola Davis dishes ‘HTGAWM’ wig scene and working with Meryl Streep (Exclusive Video)

  1. As much as I want Viola to win because she’s one of the greatest living actresses today, she will be up against some very challenging contenders. Taraji is on a hot streak right now doing major promotions and this may work in her favor. And we all love cookie! So, it’s between those two… BUT don’t count Vera Farmiga out who’s up there with Viola as one of the greats! She was perfection this season as Norma bates in Bates motel.

  2. As much as I want Viola to win because she’s one of the greatest living actresses today, she will be up against some very challenging contenders. Taraji is on a hot streak right now doing major promotions and this may work in her favor. And we all love cookie! So, it’s between those two… BUT don’t count Vera Farmiga out who’s up there with Viola as one of the greats! She was perfection this season as Norma bates in Bates motel.

  3. Farmiga is on the outside looking in (does anybody even watch Bates Motel). I agree she was outstanding, but I think the recognition for anything Bates Motel has come and gone. Davis and Henson had their moments, depends on which material they decide to submit. I still think the best / most consistent performances (and material) last year were Marguiles, Wright and Wilson. No contest.

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