The SAG Award winner also thanked her husband, her mother and the creators of How to Get Away with Murder

By Aaron Parsley
Updated January 25, 2015 11:00 PM
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She killed it!

How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis gave a heartfelt speech Sunday night after winning the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series.

“When I tell my daughter stories at night, inevitably a few things happen,” she said. “Number one, I use my imagination. I always start with life and then I build from there. And the other thing that happens is she always says, ‘Mommy, can you put me in the story?’ ”

After invoking her daughter’s desire to be a part of her mother’s imaginative creations, Davis, who plays daring and sexy defense attorney and law professor Annalise Keating in the ABC drama, thanked the show’s creator, Pete Nowalk, and fellow executive producers Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Bill D’Elia.

Davis said she appreciated them for “thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark skinned African-American woman who looks like me.”

The her gratitude didn’t end there. In addition to thanking the Screen Actors Guild, Davis said, “Thank you to all the people who love me exactly how God made me – and that’s my beautiful husband, Julius, my 4-year-old daughter at home, Genesis, and my mother, Mary Alice Davis.”

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