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What I find is that sometimes, in this business, we create characters based on what other people have done before. Whatever the idea of a sexy woman should be, whatever an idea of a funny person should be. As opposed to taking all of our ideas from life as our inspiration. They say truth is stranger than fiction. I think also truth is much more interesting than fiction. When I created Annalise, I’m creating her from women I know. Not the women I’ve seen before on TV, because that fits the mold and shape of who Viola is. Women who are sexual, in my opinion, especially as sexual as Annalise – being thrown up against a wall, having sex with this hot guy – and as skewed and screwed up as she is, she’s been traumatized in her life.