The Bar Loves Aja Naomi King (@ajanaomi_king)
Let me start by describing Aja Naomi King in one word: bewitching.
This svelte actress is dark goddess chic, armed with an MFA from Yale and a perpetually flawless outfit. She's got an ever growing list of TV credits and words cannot express my awe when I first saw her on How to Get Away with Murder.
“I wanna be her,” Michaela Pratt, a young law student, utters in admiration when her professor, Annalise Keating, defends a client on an attempted murder rap — and, in a maneuver of brazen audacity, wins.
But Aja Naomi King, who plays Pratt, might have been talking about Viola Davis, the Oscar-nominated powerhouse breathing life into Keating, one of the season’s most striking protagonists, in ABC’s new “How to Get Away With Murder.”
Ms. King had an M.F.A. from Yale and recurring roles on CW’s “Emily Owens, M.D.” and ABC’s “Black Box” on her résumé when she landed the role of Pratt after a Skype audition in which everything — the Internet connection, the sound — went wrong.
Yet, she’d scarcely left the room when she was offered the part.
“Words can’t describe how one would feel in that moment after doing a test for something you really want but in your heart you don’t think you have a chance of getting,” she said. “I wanted to cuss, but I was still inside this building.”
And when she found out that Ms. Davis had been cast as the lead?
“I believe I said I would just die,” Ms. King, 29, told Kathryn Shattuck in a telephone interview from Los Angeles, not far from where she grew up. Getting the chance to work with Ms. Davis, the show’s creator Peter Nowalk, and Shonda Rhimes, one of the executive producers, “it’s like: ‘I’m done. That’s all I’ll ever need.’” (Source)