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Viola Davis: 'My Story Deserves to Be Told'

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Viola Davis: 'My Story Deserves to Be Told'

Originally posted 08/18/2015 09:45AM

Bedtime stories at Viola Davis' home always star the same heroine: her preschool-age daughter Genesis, 4.

"She says, 'Make the princess me. Let it be me,' " Davis tells PEOPLE in the magazine's latest issue. "That's what happens when you're young. Then something happens where you realize, 'They don't see me that way.' "

But the two-time Academy Award nominee, 50, refuses to let go of that childlike desire.

"I want to be in the story," says the first-time Emmy nominee. "I think I deserve to be in that story, and I believe my story deserves to be told."

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Celebrating Viola Davis: Her 9 Most Unapologetic – and Awe-Inspiring – Moments

Celebrating Viola Davis: Her 9 Most Unapologetic – and Awe-Inspiring – Moments

Originally posted 08/11/2015 03:30PM

As the How to Get Away with Murder star turns 50, some of her most inspiring quotes

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Viola Davis on Going Hungry as a Child: The School Lunch Was Often 'The Only Meal I Had'

Viola Davis on Going Hungry as a Child: The School Lunch Was Often 'The Only Meal I Had'

Originally posted 07/29/2015 03:50PM

Viola Davis knows what it's like to grow up hungry.

"Most of the time, the school lunch was the only meal I had," the How to Get Away with Murder star, 49, says in the August issue of AARP The Magazine's August/September issue. "And I would befriend kids whose mothers cooked three meals a day and go to their homes when I could."

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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

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

How to Get Away with Murder

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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