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Famous Wig-Removing Scene in HTGAWM Viola Davis’s Idea

Viola Davis Wouldn’t Have Played Annalise Keating If Her Wig Didn’t Come Off

"Before I got the role, I said, 'Shonda, Pete, Betsy, I’m not gonna do this unless I can take my wig off.' It’s like Rosalind Russell said, acting is like stripping naked in front of an audience and turning around really slowly. One of the reasons I stopped watching TV was that I didn’t see myself on TV. I’m not just saying as a woman of color or a woman of 49, but just as a person. I see a lot of sexy women who are hard, cold, look like they have windswept hair and lip gloss and light makeup when they say it's no makeup. I work out five days a week, and I’m still not a size 2. So I wanted to see a real woman on TV. I wanted to see who we are before we walk out the door in the morning and put on the mask of acceptability — 'Please see me as pretty, please love me.' There was something for me that I didn’t buy about Annalise in private. It felt like who she was in private had to be diametrically opposed to who she was in public. And so in order to do that, I felt like I had to physically take the wig off."

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