Considering she's notoriously poised and seems to always know right things to say, Viola Davis’ reaction to Melania Trump’s love for How to Get Away With Murder (executive producer: Betsy Beers) is probably the best thing you'll see all day. During her Thursday, Jan. 25 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the actor had a candid moment after being asked about her thoughts on the first lady saying that HTGAWM was her favorite television show — and fans are living for it.
Kimmel jumped right into the topic, catching Davis off guard by saying, "So, How to Get Away with Murder is Melania Trump's favorite show, she said." At first, the actor was at a complete loss for words. But Davis' facial expression explained her feelings well enough that the studio audience began laugh. After pausing for a beat, the actor would finally respond with, "You know, I swear to you, that was the one question I said, 'Please don’t... just don't even mention it.'”
Kimmel went on to ask if Davis would ever consider giving the current FLOTUS a walk-on role on the show, to which the actor, still in a cloud of disbelief that she was actually being asked about the subject, responded, "Oh, my... you know what, yes." After giving the situation some thought, she continued, "Because, you know what ... I really want to talk to the lady."
Kimmel then asked, "Does any part of you feel like, 'I'm glad to be bringing this women, who is obviously a captive in her own home, a little bit of pleasure on a weekly basis'?"
"No, I just want the inside scoop," Davis responded. "I don't want to give her any sort of pleasure. I just want the inside scoop. Me and her could have some vodka together."
The hilarious moment became a big hit with fans, who took to social media to share their thoughts.
It goes without saying that Davis would have a lot to discuss with the president's wife. Her passionate speech at the 2018 Women's March touched on many subjects like racism, feminism, sexual abuse, poverty, and the need for change, as Cosmopolitan reported. The second march of its kind was attended by hundreds of thousands and took place exactly a year after Donald Trump's White House inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.
In addition, Davis spoke about the #MeToo movement, revealing that she had also been sexually abused in her lifetime. Taking the podium in Los Angeles, she said:
I am speaking today, not just for the Me Toos, because I was a Me Too. But when I raise my hand, I am aware of all the women who are still in silence. The women who are faceless. The women who don’t have the money and don’t have the constitution and who don’t have the confidence and who don’t have the images in our media that gives them a sense of self-worth enough to break their silence that’s rooted in the shame of assault, that’s rooted in the stigma of assault.
She continued, speaking of the trauma of sexual assault, revealing that she uses those emotions to help create change. "I know that every single day, when I think of that, I know that the trauma of those events are still with me today. And that’s what drives me to the voting booth," she said. "That’s what allows me to listen to the women who are still in silence.”
Though Melania Trump's admiration for How to Get Away With Murder may not her favorite subject to discuss interviews, Davis would certainly be a solid adviser to the FLOTUS on the issues facing Americans today.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.