If you’re a Netflix frequenter, you’ve probably come across the show How to Get Away With Murder, which is perfect for binge watching on a day when it’s just too much to get out of bed for class. The show stars Viola Davis as a fierce attorney and professor. If you haven’t seen the show, you’ve probably heard the name Viola Davis regardless, as the actress has recently been winning awards for her performance. Here are 10 reasons you should know who she is:
1. Last September, Viola Davis became the first black woman to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, for her part in “How to Get Away With Murder.”
2. Growing up, acting was an escape for Davis. She says her childhood was full of “abject poverty and dysfunction.”
3. Viola went to Juilliard School until 1993, and then immediately began her career onstage.
4. Before “How To Get Away with Murder,” Viola played a recurring role in “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit.”
5. In 2012, she won the Tony award for her acting in “King Hedley II.”
6. In 2012, Viola was listed by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
7. She played a lead role as Abileen Clark in “The Help,” for which she earned several Golden Globe nominations.
8. Viola’s role in “The Help” hit closer to home than you may think, as her own mother was a maid and civil rights activist.
9. Viola stars in “How to Get Away With Murder,” an ABC television drama whose second season began in September. The series is produced by Shonda Rhimes.
10. Viola Davis is an incredible actress and an inspiration to us all.
“I believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are, truly being who you are. And I’ve spent far too long apologizing for that — my age, my color, my lack of classical beauty — that now at the age of, well, at the age of 46, I’m very proud to be Viola Davis, for whatever it’s worth.”