Viola Davis’ Annalise Keating threw “How to Get Away with Murder” fans for another loop last week on the Season 2 premiere.
During the course of the show, it was revealed that the superstar lawyer had a romantic past with guest star Famke Janssen (playing Eve Rothlow), and the pair indulged in a sexy makeout session.
Viola told Access Hollywood she didn’t see her character’s bisexual past coming.
“I was very surprised,” the Emmy winner told Access at the TGIT event in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Viola was apprehensive about her mother seeing the kissing scene, so much so that she suggested her mom skip the #TGIT premiere action.
“I didn’t tell my mom,” she admitted. “I said, ‘Don’t watch it. Go to the casino. Go over to a friend’s house.’
“But I thought it was very apropos to have a past that’s not defined by anyone or anything,” she continued. “I don’t think that Annalise is a character who wants to be defined by anything. I think that she’s free-falling.”
The dramatic episode ended with (spoiler alert!) the sound of a gun being fired and a shot of Annalise laying in a pool of blood, but (spoiler alert 2.0!) it won’t prove to be a fatal injury for her character.
When asked if she was concerned that her “HTGAWM” days were over when she initially read the scene, Viola joked, “No. I’m number one – I have a good contract.”
“I wasn’t scared. I was just, very intrigued,” she continued. “You always want people to lean in to a show. That’s the power of a good narrative, so I liked it.”
The actress hinted at revenge for Annalise for whoever shot her though.
“Someone’s gonna pay,” she said. “Soon, at some point, someone’s gonna pay!”
— Erin O’Sullivan
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