Warning: Spoilers ahead!
“How to Get Away With Murder” fans learned last week that Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) swings both ways.
“X-Men” actress Famke Jennsen is currently guest-starring as Eve Rothlow, a defence attorney and Annalise’s former lesbian lover.
Meeting Eve has been a season in the making. If you recall, Annalise slipped a note to Nate (Billy Brown) after she framed him for her husband’s murder on Season 1. It told him to fire his lawyer and call the number in the note. That would lead to Eve.
A former lesbian relationship may feel complicated, but “How to Get Away With Murder’s” creator Pete Nowalk hoped it would actually illuminate some things about Annalise.
“Her husband was having an affair and was possibly a murderer and it was very dark version of Annalise,” he told Business Insider.
“I kept thinking, ‘I wonder what Annalise was like before all of this happened … She wasn’t always feeling the weight of the world on her shoulders.’ So that’s where the instinct came, I wanted to get a glimpse of who she was when she was our students’ age. From there, came the character of Eve.”
In Nowalk’s opinion, it worked.
“[Viola Davis] is one of the nicest sweetest joyful people I’ve ever met and I wanted to give her a chance to show that side of Annalise as well,” he said. “And what better way to do that than with your ex-girlfriend who you might not be in contact with but when you see her, I think Annalise lightened up in a way that reminds us of who she used to be. It’s like when you see your old friends, you just become a college student again and that’s the kind of energy we wanted to bring on the show.”
We may have seen a glimpse of that when Annalise took the college students to a club, so that they can all just loosen up and have some fun.
Although Jennsen was originally booked for two episodes, Nowalk told Business Insider “there’s a very good chance she’ll come back.”
“I think Famke Janssen plays Eve wonderfully, because she brings the lighter and less heavy energy to the show,” he said.
“How to Get Away With Murder” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.
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