Viola Davis Learns the Law Through ‘How to Get Away with Murder’

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Viola Davis is learning just how sticky situations involving the law can get as she takes on her new role on ABC show “How to Get Away With Murder.”

The 49-year-old actress stars as Annalise Keating, a sharp, intimidating, “get it by any means” defense attorney and law professor on the show, which premiered Thursday to an impressive 14 million viewers.

Playing the role has proved to be an interesting one, as well as a learning experience for the actress. Davis said the role has taught her “just how fine the line is between guilt and innocence, and a lie and the truth, and good and bad.”

“I’m not just talking about the cases,” she said. “I mean being a defense attorney!”

Along with the learning experience, Davis is enjoying working full-time in TV.

“I’m tired, but I’m liking it. I’m liking the pace of it,” she said. “I’m liking the quick decisions you have to make. I feel alive as an artist.”

She is also enjoying being able to stay in one place and sleep in her own bed each night.

“How to Get Away With Murder,” airs Thursday nights at 10 ET/PT.

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