'The Birth of a Nation': Actress Aja Naomi King Visits 'GMA'

The "How to Get Away With Murder" actress discusses taking on a completely different role playing Nat Turner's wife in "The Birth of a Nation."
2:49 | 10/07/16

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That way he did may only came to you no harm from how to get away with the mud. Sprayed. And the part of the nation S hairy the wife Terri did not the wife of Nat Turner and in this scene. Become the see her while he's on the run take a look. It killed the people up who have for no reason at all for global car. It's incumbent who stuck. Could think can. To me that bet that's a very powerful scene in the movie. And that camera is all unused just your face and how the do you see yourself on the big screen life that I think it's it's pretty insane. Actually. Especially in a film like this one. M used to watching how to get north murder which is you know Blake it's really fun show that we need them to lead but seeing something like this being a part of telling a story that is so crucial to understand about our history as black people in this country. It's just it's. It's just so necessary entity very visceral way for me an and I just so grateful that I got to take on this this part. And then take it on you didn't you did very well and M and end partly hammer was here yesterday missing we still with him W on the auction block. And that would that was your first day of filming and then hit the first day. Ling Piaf and that was an extremely heavy day down IA at. I didn't know how that was going to be for me emotionally and I have never portrayed this kind of care. Can I hate saying character because she was real cheese was a real person that you know with living and breathing an un on this earth and and I wanted to honor her but that was really terrifying to have to step up there and do that it feels. Humiliating and you understand immediately leave the kind of fear that these people. Late through but I have to remember that this was her reality that she stronger. And I am and I had to land back kind of just can turn me and say I'm don't allow back to exist on the screen. And this film won the Sundance grand jury pride that sold for record had a record sale price. Good luck Oxford is about you could so he accepted. It is it's very nice and people say nice things but the thing that means the most to me is that people will see the film an idol educate them about a part of our history that I didn't even know him. And an and so embarrassed to say that I just hope that they understand that. That sent me we have that kind of power inside of us and and we can all access intact and to our greatness and walking back. Where you know it you're walking in the right to the right way and out how to get away with murder can't wait to see you there but. He can go see the birth of the nation if in theaters now.

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