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Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson Actors talk on acting sex roles

Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) and Taraji P. Henson (Empire) talk sex scene, race and aging in Hollywood.

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For the latest cover of The Hollywood Reporter,  Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Jessica Lange, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lizzy Caplan, and Ruth Wilson were gathered for a roundtable interview

From race to sexism to aging in Hollywood, the entertaining actors dished out on lots of interesting things.

Speaking on playing her 1st sex scene, Taraji (Empire), had this to say;

"My first time being nude was my first movie, Baby Boy. I knew the scene was coming. I remember thinking, "Taraji cannot be in that room."

'So I literally went home and stripped down naked, stood in front of the mirror and looked at every morsel of my body, and I dealt with it. The next day, I was so free. I was so ready."

Davis (How To Get Away with Murder) -

" I refuse to drink a smoothie for breakfast to get down to a size 2. It’s just not going to happen with me. I’ve done a couple of sex scenes in How to Get Away With Murder, even one where was I thrown up against the wall, and I’m like, “I really don’t want to get thrown up against the wall anymore.” I threw my back out! (Laughter.)

"I had to just allow myself to be uncomfortable. I’m not going to stand in front of a mirror, or else Viola will kick in and go, “OK, my titties are saggy and I have stretch marks.” "It's courageous because even when you see sex scenes in the theater, it's like, "OK, she's been to the gym four times today."

Taraji also spoke on her dream role " I want to play a superhero. I want to be a Bond girl. I want to play a man. I want to play a white woman." - she said.

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