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How to Get Away with Murder: Annalise Holds Court Under Scrutiny | How to Get Away with Murder

How to Get Away with Murder

How to Get Away with Murder: Annalise Holds Court Under Scrutiny

Originally posted 01/30/2015 03:30AM

Any How to Get Away with Murder episode that begins with Annalise Keating (SAG award winner Viola Davis) putting on her wig is bound to be full-throttle.

HTGAWM has made a point of showing its anti-heroine in various states of polish and rawness. The dynamic between Annalise's fundamentally broken internal life and her very together outside appearance – not to mention when those two collide violently – is largely what has made the show so intriguing. Thursday's winter premiere, "Hello Raskolnikov," was no exception.

The episode opened as Annalise braced herself for questioning about her husband Sam's murder. As we saw in the midseason finale, Annalise is well aware what happened – and, frankly, not that all that bothered about it. Like a skilled lawyer/liar (funny how those words sound so similar), she ingeniously deflected her interrogator's questions, emphasized Sam's infidelity and cruelty, denied any knowledge of the infamous d--- pic and capped off her sob story with a gnashing-of-teeth recollection of discovering her dead husband's body.

It's worth noting that the wig Annalise put on in the episode's opening moments was very suburban soccer mom. Whereas the first half of the season saw Annalise in a gloriously alpha female short crop, now it's all about softening the look, presenting the image of a spurned wife and a would-be mother (after all, it's not the first time Annalise has used her womb as an excuse). Well-played, show. Well-played, Annalise.

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Marcia Gay Harden on Her 'Damaged' How to Get Away with Murder Character (PHOTOS)

How to Get Away with Murder

First Look: Marcia Gay Harden on Her 'Damaged' How to Get Away with Murder Character

Originally posted 01/26/2015 01:35PM

Marcia Gay Harden is no stranger to playing strong women. The Oscar winner has shared the screen with plenty of talented actresses, but going toe-to-toe with SAG winner Viola Davis certainly kept Harden guessing.

"You have to be on your game," she tells PEOPLE of pairing with the How to Get Away with Murder star, 49. "You have to be ready to go right away. If she's the quarterback, you've got to be ready to receive and then do a little dance of your own to make it exciting."

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Marcia Gay Harden Files for Divorce | Marcia Gay Harden

Marcia Gay Harden Files for Divorce

Originally posted 02/16/2012 07:50PM

Marcia Gay Harden has decided to end her marriage.

After 15 years, the Oscar winning actress has filed for divorce from her husband, Thaddaeus Scheel, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

"For the sake of the couple's three children, Harden would like to request that the family's privacy be respected at this time," the rep says in a statement.

"No further comments will be made on this matter, and we thank you for your understanding."

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What Alec Baldwin, Marcia Gay Harden and More Stars 'Love About Fall'

Originally posted 10/13/2010 02:25PM



Football, apple picking, Halloween – fall is here, and you know who's excited? Everyone!

"It's one of my favorite seasons," Stanley Tucci told PEOPLE last weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

In fact, a whole slew of celebrities are looking forward to the changing colors and cooler weather. "I like to come out [to the Hamptons] in the fall," Alec Baldwin shared, adding he particularly enjoys shopping for scarves this time of year.

But it's Marcia Gay Harden who sums the season up best. Because she has kids, the actress says autumn represents "color and pumpkins, and unfortunately candy! It's a season of smells and fireplaces. You play in the leaves … I think the things are quite nostalgic that we love to do."

Marcia Gay Harden Welcomes Babies

Originally posted 04/27/2004 9:00AM

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