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August 03, 2020

Aja Naomi King Starred in Fan-Favorite 'How to Get Away with Murder' — Learn More about Her Life & Career

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Aja Naomi King quickly became a fan-favorite in "How to Get Away with Murder," but what else do you know about her life? Here is what you need to know. 

Aja Naomi King first made her debut on TV when she appeared as a guest star in the "Blacklist" with her first significant role being Cassandra Kopelson on "Emily Owens."

The star then went on to appear on the hit ABC drama, "How to Get Away With Murder," quickly becoming a fan favorite. Here's what we know about her life. 




In the series, King plays law student Michaela Pratt opposite her co-star and lead, Viola Davis who made history by being the first Black woman to win an Emmy for Oustanding Lead Actress in a Drama series with the show. 

Speaking about her character, the star revealed that she saw similarities to her character who is very "type A," adding:

"We're extremely similar in the sense that I am very driven. I think you have to be in today's age to get anything done. I can be just a touch controlling! So we definitely have that in common."



King also recently appeared in "The Upside" with comedian Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, and Nicole Kidman. She also had a lead role in "The Birth of a Nation" which won an award at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Her acting career began while she was at Yale University and she appeared in the university's productions that included "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

She revealed that she had been involved with the L'Oreal Paris "Women of Worth" campaign.


Recently, King opened up about her life during quarantine revealing that as someone who preferred to be in control, not knowing what the future held was difficult. 

However, during an interview with Glamour, she revealed that she had been involved with the L'Oreal Paris "Women of Worth" campaign which championed change. She said:

"It's just remarkable watching how everyone has taken the time to go outside their comfort zone and make as much of an impact as possible. It's been really incredible."

Aja Naomi King attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party| Photo: Getty Images


Earlier this year, King was involved in a discussion on equal representation for Black women in Hollywood. During the video call, the actress was joined by actresses that included Kerry Washington and Sheryl Underwood. 

The star revealed that she believed that the industry needed more Black women in the boardrooms as that was where decisions were being made. 

Washington added that the talk was about celebrating other Black women in the industry and focusing on finding a solution to the problem. 

King does have a lighter side and last year participated in a "Shag, Marry, Kill" game for the Oprah magazine where she had to choose between her costars.