Viola Davis Doesn't Care If You Don't Think She's Likable On-screen

Photo: Michael Buckner/Variety/REX Shutterstock.
Viola Davis took home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series at Saturday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards. Deservedly so — she's a powerhouse, both on-screen and off.

But while accepting her award, she called out a specific thing that people say to her about Annalise Keating, her character on How to Get Away with Murder.

"There's a famous saying," she began, "that I am not who you think I am. You are who you think I am...People are always saying, 'Annalise is an antihero. Don't you worry she's not likable?'"

Turns out, the answer to that is no, Davis absolutely does not. Furthermore, she wonders why her character has to be measured on a spectrum of likability in the first place. "Why do I have to be a hero?" she wonders. "Why do I have to be a mentor? My job as an actor is just to create a human being."

"It is my job," she went on, "and I do it to the best of my ability." That she does — but tonight, Davis used her moment in the SAG spotlight to make an important point. People often look at strong female characters and expect them to be aspirational. Perhaps it's time we finally put that assumption to bed.
TBS.
Advertisement

More from TV

A new Anne of Green Gables movie is on the way! Those of you who have been fearing the inevitable tense political debate with a long-lost relative that ...
There are two kinds of TV-watchers out there. The first are normal, well-balanced people who are dying from the very beginning to know how a series ends...
The Pfeffermans are back! To quickly get up to speed, check out our Binge Club for season 2. Already set? Let's get this started. Episode 1: "Elizah" ...
The 2016 Emmy Awards were off to a great start when a surprising announcement came over the loudspeaker. A voiceover announced the next presenter: none ...
It's been over 12 years since Friends ended. And we still miss the shit out of that show. Luckily, every once in a while we're blessed with a nostalgic ...
Wait, what? American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy just dropped a bomb on viewers — who are currently caught up in AHS season six, My Roanoke ...
Glee's cast sounds as dramatic as the characters they played. Ryan Murphy recently told Entertainment Weekly that all the fights and relationships ...
Kimmy Schmidt lives in her own world. It's a cross between middle school, the year 1999, and present-day New York. Mix in the fact that she was held ...
In a move that made Big Brother history, female contestant Nicole Franzel beat Paul Abrahamian in Wednesday night's finale, Buzzfeed reports. While this ...
It's no secret that Eleven on Stranger Things was the little-less-conversation-little-bit-more-action sort — minus the sexual Ariana Grande overtones. We...
There’s a certain feeling that wells up when you’ve just entered a room you were never supposed to be in. These rooms never have an overt warning sign; ...
Grey's Anatomy is back, and Alex is maybe a felon! The hospital's most lovable hothead finally snapped in a criminal way, beating the hell out of DeLuca ...
Amazing news, TV lovers of the world: Since we first published this story in 2013, there have been leaps and bounds in the number of streaming platforms ...
Awkward school photos, we've taken a few. That's why we can't help but sympathize with the doozy Kristen Bell pulled out on The Late Late Show Wednesday ...