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Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal Talk Body Acceptance, Typecasting in Hollywood

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Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal Talk Body Acceptance, Typecasting in Hollywood

Originally posted 06/10/2015 05:05PM

Viola Davis admits she learned an important lesson since signing on to play Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder: Don't typecast yourself.

"When I saw myself for the first time in the pilot episode, I was mortified. I saw the fake eyelashes and, 'Are you kidding me? Who is going to believe this?' " she told The Hollywood Reporter during a roundtable with fellow actresses including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Lange, Taraji P. Henson, Lizzy Caplan and Ruth Wilson.

But after giving herself a pep talk, Davis, 49, says she finally came around to viewing the role as legitimately groundbreaking.

"Then I thought, 'Okay, this is your moment to not typecast yourself, to play a woman who is sexualized and do your investigative work to find out who this woman is and put a real woman on TV who's smack-dab in the midst of this pop fiction,' " she said.

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How to Get Away with Murder Returning for a Second Season

Originally posted 02/27/2015 10:25AM

Back to you... [YOUTUBE "XyUDAWXw_Zg"] Following a killer season finale, you won't need to wait long before How to Get Away with Murder returns to raise more questions than it could possibly answer.

In a promo following Thursday's episode, ABC promised: "Thank God we'll be back with a whole new season of insanity," adding that the show would return in the fall.

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The 5 We-Can't-Believe-It Moments from the How to Get Away with Murder Finale

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How to Get Away with Murder Finale: The 5 Most Shocking Moments

Originally posted 02/27/2015 07:10AM

No, you didn't dream it.

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Ben Affleck, Chris Pine and Viola Davis Join List of Oscar Presenters

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Ben Affleck, Chris Pine and Viola Davis Join List of Oscar Presenters

Originally posted 02/11/2015 04:05PM

As Oscar night gets closer, more celebrities have been added to the list of presenters.

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HTGAWM Sneak Peek: How Will Annalise React When Police Come Knocking? (VIDEO)

Originally posted 02/10/2015 10:00AM

[BRIGHTCOVE "4040972055001" "" "" "auto"] Last's week's How to Get Away with Murder ended with a bombshell: Sam Keating's body has been discovered. Now, it's time for the fallout.

PEOPLE has exclusively obtained a clip from Thursday night's episode showing Sam's wife Annalise (Viola Davis) and his sister Hannah (Marcia Gay Harden) as they hear a knock on the door. On the other side stand policemen tasked with breaking the awful news.

Even from the first exchange, when an officer asks for "Ms. Keating," Annalise and Hannah are engaged in turf war: Whose house are they standing in? And who is the "real" Ms. Keating?

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How to Get Away with Murder Recap: Wes Is Going Slightly Mad | How to Get Away with Murder

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How to Get Away with Murder Recap: Wes Is Going Slightly Mad

Originally posted 02/06/2015 01:15AM

Is there any show more reliant on its final scene than How to Get Away with Murder?

"Best Christmas Ever" plodded along in typical HTGAWM fashion: We learned ever more about the darkness to which Annalise (Viola Davis) regularly succumbs, our plucky law students continued to lose the plot and we once again questioned just what it is that makes Frank (Charlie Weber) so deeply loyal to Annalise.

Finally, in the last 20 seconds of the episode, a jaw-dropping reveal guarantees we'll be tuning in next week.

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Viola Davis: I Used to Think There Was Only One Kind of Sexy – I'm So Much Happier Now | Viola Davis

Viola Davis: I Used to Think There Was Only One Kind of Sexy – I'm So Much Happier Now

Originally posted 02/05/2015 07:15AM

The How To Get Away With Murder star opens up about sexuality

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Viola Davis Uses a Very Surprising Food Product as Her Red Carpet Secret Weapon

Viola Davis Uses a Very Surprising Food Product as Her Red Carpet Secret Weapon

Originally posted 02/02/2015 11:55AM

Would you try this?

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From Essence: Viola Davis 'Always Tried to Be the 90 Lb. White GIrl'

From Essence: Viola Davis 'Always Tried to Be the 90 Lb. White GIrl'

Originally posted 01/31/2015 01:25PM

"It feels really good to embrace exactly who I am," the How to Get Away with Murder actress says

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