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Viola Davis Tells Jimmy Kimmel She Had Hot Flashes at the Emmys

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Emmy nominee Viola Davis sat down with Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night and revealed a surprising tidbit about the awards show to the Emmy host.

The How to Get Away with Murder star surprised everyone by saying she didn’t want to win the Emmy.

“This year, I actually did not because I knew I would have to get up onstage with that damn peanut butter on my Marchesa dress,” Davis said, referencing the peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches Kimmel’s mom whipped up for the audience. “I looked under my bag, and I had big chunks of peanut butter.”

The 51-year-old actress explained she was also worried about her facial expressions throughout the awards show.

“People apparently think I have a hostile face. I have to overly smile. I have to smile as if I’m doing a Colgate commercial smile,” she said, telling Kimmel she is often mistaken for her character, Annalise Keating.

“Can I just tell you, I had about five hot flashes during the Emmy Awards? So smiling during a hot flash is a hard thing,” she added.

When Kimmel asked her to describe what a hot flash felt like, the star did not hold back.

“It’s like someone set you on fire for two minutes,” she replied. “Listen they come in successions sometimes, so as soon as one is over then another one comes. Everyone else is like, ‘It’s freezing! It’s freezing!’ and you have sweat dripping, and then you’re name is not called. It’s Tatiana Maslany and you’re having a hot flash.”

How to Get Away with Murder airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.