Viola Davis
'How to Get Away with Murder' star Viola Davis on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show.'Facebook/Viola Davis

Viola Davis, who recently appeared in "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", opened up about her role as professor and defence attorney Annalise Keating in ABC's new crime drama "How to Get Away with Murder" (HTGAWM).

Davis spoke about her show's success and ultra-steamy scenes in "HTGAWM". The actress told DeGeneres that she was sure about the success of the show as it is following "Scandal".

"I'm the failed pilot queen. I have done so many failed pilots but I said 'This one is gonna hit," she said.

"The Help" actress admitted that the body make up has a great role to play in the success of all steamy scenes in the new legal drama. She even said that she feels very uncomfortable doing love scenes as her family will be watching it.

"But it's been very liberating for me because usually ... when people sees these sexual scenes on the screen they will be like 'Is that Aibileen Clark from The Help?" she added.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that airs in syndication also saw Davis talking about the bed time sequence in "HTGAWM", where the character takes off her wig and removes all her make-up before going to bed. She said that she was very adamant about the scene because she is a character actress.

Previously, the 49-year-old actress received a lot of criticism against her African-American features that she is "less classically beautiful". However, Davis' response on it was surprising to everyone.

"I have to say that it didn't totally throw me. You hear it when you're a dark-skinned woman. I've heard it my entire life," Entertainment Weekly quoted Davis.

Meanwhile, the "Eat Pray Love" actress was spotted spending time with her three-old daughter Genesis during a shopping trip at Target earlier this week. She was unrecognisable with her make-up free appearance.

Recently, "HTGAWM" star was seen in Jimmy Kimmel Live!, to promote her latest show, wearing a comfy blue sweat shirt and a clingy black leggings that highlighted her toned figure, reported Mail Online.

However, the actress had a painful childhood at Rhode Island in New England Region of the US. She talked about her hardships in life at the Variety's Power of Women event in Los Angeles.

"I did everything to get food. I have stolen for food. I have jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food... I sacrificed a childhood for food and grew up in immense shame," she said.

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