Viola Davis Taking a Break from Sex Scenes on How to Get Away with Murder: 'I Blew My Back Out'
Things are getting (more) dangerous in Shondaland!
Star of How To Get Away With Murder Viola Davis admitted during a “Sway in the Morning” radio interview on SiriusXM that she was actually injured while filming a sex scene with co-star Billy Brown, who plays Nate.
“I blew my back out,” Davis, 50, said laughing. “That was in the Billy Brown scene. He threw me up against a wall. All I can say is I was totally committed to the scene.”
Ouch! While the incident might keep the actor out of steamy scenes for a while, she promises to revive them in due time, and even dropped a bit of a bread crumb when she shared that Annalise’s love life will involve more than Nate.
“I just told them to slow it down for a minute,” the Emmy winner said. “I’m going to get back into it. I have to. It’s Shondaland! They’re gonna have me doing all kinds of stuff with all kinds of people.”
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On a more serious note, Davis weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Oscars – which she is not boycotting, but won’t be attending because of travel plans.
Speaking on opportunities for actors of color, Davis didn’t place the blame on the Academy Awards, but rather said the problem is with the “Hollywood movie making system,” and the lack of films featuring people of color.
“You need people who are in a position of power to green light movies that have us in them,” she added. “That’s the only way that things are going to change – to have more projects out there. Listen, if you have 200 movies that are mainly Caucasian and two movies that are black, then we’re still going to be in the same boat.
“We have to step up to the plate too. We have to see movies like Selma. We have to see movies like Dope. We have to see movies like Beasts of No Nation. You gotta support those different voices out there. Listen, Hollywood, at the end of the day, looks at the box office. You know, we’re consumers.”
Davis has been vocal about opportunities for women of color since her historic Emmy win in September, when she took home the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, serving up a poignant speech that called attention to importance of characters that “redefined what it means to be a beautiful, sexy, a leading woman.”