The 2017 Vanity Fair Hollywood Portfolio: Wonder Women
Aja Naomi King’s movie ascendancy as the slave girl Cherry in Nate Parker’s blazing battle cry, The Birth of a Nation (based on the Nat Turner rebellion of 1831), is a complete boomerang from the role that made her television rep. After an assortment of credits in film (“Positive Polly” in Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress and Rosa in the underseen comedy The Rewrite) and in prime-time series such as Emily Owens, M.D. and The Blacklist, King was whisked aboard the mother ship of Shondaland’s How to Get Away with Murder, starring the inviolable Viola Davis. Shondaland TV is not so much a place as a quantum state in which dialogue, events, character reversals, and shocking twists occur at speeds unknown to mundane humankind. King’s Michaela Pratt has been in the mad thick of it for three seasons, and the part of Cherry required a rapid deceleration and divestment of contemporary traits to fit seamlessly into the time, place, and tragic situation of southern slavery. This King did so artfully that you don’t see the art, only an eloquent act of being.
So, is this like a “mea culpa” breakfast? Because I’ll say it over and over until you finally hear me, you didn’t give me HIV. This isn’t an apology breakfast.This is a celebration breakfast because today marks day 20 of Operation PrEP, which means only one more day until D-Day. The “D” stands for – I know what the “D” stands for.
Everyone has been so quick to hate on Arizona after she cheated but no one was mad that after the car crash the only person who payed the slightest attention to her was Alex. Everyone was so involved in making sure Mark was okay that they forgot Arizona was IN the crash with Callie.
I’m always rooting for Arizona and Callie to be together. For me, I think they’re the perfect couple but that’s not to say they’re going to be together. For me, they’re the perfect couple. It would make me very sad if they were apart. That doesn’t mean that they’re going to be able to work out their problems and get it together in time, for when ever the show is going to end. But I hope so. If they can, I think it would be amazing. But until they do, there’s other people to explore.
“No, don’t you get it? You go through life looking like you do, meeting guys all the time. But me, you’re—you were special to me, and then you hooked up with that other guy….I more than like you, damn it! Like, you know the way that you can’t do drugs, that’s how you are for me.”
A romantic subplot involving Connor (Jack Falahee) and techie hookup Oliver (Conrad Ricamora), which Nowalk initially worried viewers would find cliché, could end up offering a fresh and real perspective on living with the AIDS virus. “Our goal is to treat that in a very realistic and contemporary way,” Nowalk says of Oliver, who learned at the end of the season that he was HIV-positive. “How do you live as an HIV-positive man with a boyfriend? We take it to places I hope that viewers don’t expect coming, Especially now that Oliver is a huge security blanket in Connor’s life, and a necessary balance to all the murder.”