Viola Davis became hot, sexy and ruthless for her new role in the new TV series How to get Away with Murder. Annalise Keating will do anything to win, get creative, play dirty and even slaughter her staff if it means victory.
For a long time, we have seen Viola Davis in some amazing roles across time. We have seen her amazing performances in The Help, Ender’s Game, Beautiful Creatures and many more. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in The Help. We recently saw her in the role of ‘Susie Brown’- James Brown ‘Mama’ in Get on Up on the big screen. What is noticeable is the consistency of Viola’s roles in the movies. She seems to be hard and cold in all her roles initially but Aibileen in The Help was so sweet, you could eat her with a spoon. Her role in Beautiful Creatures, Ama ‘Amarie’ Trudeau was caring and loving. All the characters she has played have been caring and compassionate.
At the age of 49, Viola has decided to spice it up. She said that when she read the role of Annalise Keating, she wanted to play it. She said it was the kind of role she always wanted to do. She thinks that 26 years worth of experience in acting has made her capable of stepping into a role such as Annalise Keating.
Viola’s image might overshadow our expectations for Annalise’s character but Annalise is completely different from anything we have seen her in till now. Annalise’s students are definitely scared of her. Annalise Keating is a tough, hard-to-please and impossible-to-impress professor. She believes in making her students compete in her class and kill for her attention. She is basically educating them in how to get away with murder, as she likes to call her class instead of Law 101.
In the courtroom, she doesn’t have moral debates or fits of conscience. She is ready to throw suspicion on an innocent person just to divert attention from her client, whose innocence is questioned by her students. All Annalise wants to do is WIN, even if it means passing illegal evidence by getting creative or discrediting her lover in cold blood in the court room.
Annalise Keating certainly has a huge appetite when it comes to men. Her husband, Sam knows her and his relationship with her is cordial, like a colleague. He is a psychology professor who also sits in as a professional witness on her cases. The raving lawyer has a lover, Deyective(surely you mean Detectiveand that too with a small “d”) Nate Leahy.
It is almost unfair that she should be making out with someone so hot when Wes Gibbins, one of her students, accidentally walks in on them. This leads to a slightly intimate confrontation between Annalise and Wes later on when she tries to explain to him what he saw earlier.
Everything might seem perfect at the start of this season of How to Get Away with Murder for Annalise Keating but we can see the cracks on the edges. She confesses to Wes that she is having a relationship with Nate because she and Sam are trying to have a child but remain unsuccessful. The way she comes on to Wes suggests that she is not as strong willed as she seems. Her emotional breakdown gives us a glimpse of a weak, crumpling woman.
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It is exciting to see Annalise Keating opening up one scene at a time. We see a character with layers and each layer is as exciting as the last. We should hang on to our seats for this season to see Viola Davis unravel her magic in some Shonda Rhimes style.