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Viola Davis Reveals Which Trans Activist Inspired Her HTGAWM Character's Pansexuality

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How to Get Away with Murder has been a favorite among LGBTQ fans since episode one. Of course we all ship the gay couple that is Connor (Jack Falahee) and Oliver (Conrad Ricamora). Then we were graced in season two with the revelation that Viola Davis' badass lawyer character, Annalise is pansexual, when she had a steamy reunion with ex-lover, Eve (Famke Janssen). 

While promoting her new film, Widows, Davis recently revealed the inspiration behind her character's pansexuality. In an interview with Pride Source, she recalled seeing Jazz Jennings in an episode of I Am Jazz.

"They were talking about who they see themselves with in the future, and they were like, 'Whoever, you know. I’m open. I’m open to a boy, I’m open to a girl.' And they started talking about just the attributes of the people they wanted to be with... That transformed me more than anything. I thought, 'That is the greatest thing in the world,' and I thought that that was a great idea for Annalise because Annalise is so damaged, so traumatized that what if she just said,'I’m just open to love'? God, think about what we can explore there."

See Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder, Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC.

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