SAG winner Viola Davis takes on diversity and expectations

January 31, 2016 1:07 PM

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Davis has won an Emmy, an NAACP Image Award, and two Screen Actors Guild awards for her performance as Keating, a charismatic if conniving law professor on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.” Saturday she spoke openly during her acceptance speech about the challenges of getting people to come to terms with who the character is, instead of who they perceive her to be.

“People are always saying, 'Wow, Annalise is an antihero,’ and ‘Don't you worry she's not likable?’ and ‘Don't you worry she's not a mentor?’” Davis said, before continuing, “And I always think, why do I have to be a hero? Why do you have to like me? Why do I have to be a mentor? My job as an actor ...

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