How To Get Away With Murder Star Katie Findlay Says the Show’s Sex Scenes “Really Feel Like Work”

Watching, on the other hand, definitely isn't.

It’s nothing against you, Alfred Enoch. But as your TV love interest, How To Get Away With Murder’s Katie Findlay says getting naked in front of America is “never not weird.” Despite some awkwardness, Findlay and the rest of the Murder cast are handling the show’s risqué scenes like champs, helping Shonda Rhimes create a groundbreaking freshman series.

The spunky, down-to-earth actress gave VH1 a peak at the day in the life of Murder’s Rebecca, and what it’s like not only being a part of Shondaland, but working with such a HOT cast. We’re talking to you, Alfred, Jack Falahee, and Matt McGorry. We may have even asked her to play a little round of Smash, Marry, Kill…

VH1: Congratulations on the show being such a huge success! How are you feeling about it all?

Thank you! I’m great! We sort of just hide away in our little studio and do our jobs and have a nice time together. We sort of forget, I think, that the rest of the world is seeing it, too. Day to day, it’s awfully quiet and then every once a while, we step out and realize how noisy it is out here. It’s a little bit of a moment.

When I interviewed Jack, he said that you guys really don’t know that much of what’s going to be happening in advance.

Yea that’s true.

Is not knowing how everything will unravel for your character difficult?

Sometimes! It really challenges your urge as an actor to always know exactly what’s going on. But when you think about it, people going through their lives aren’t internally prepared for every emotional situation they’re going to be in. I’ve started to just embrace it and play what’s in front of me and try to understand this goal, rather than understand every single second what’s going on, because in real life, she wouldn’t.

Do you feel like you identify with Rebecca?

I do in some ways. Something that was hard for me about playing Rebecca is [that] I see her as someone who has grown up without a support system, and I’m not like that. I have a wonderful family, and I can come crying to my mother and she’ll set me straight no matter what. I look at Rebecca as somebody who’s been disapproved of [for] so much her entire life [that] it started to form the fabric of who she actually is. Everything she does is just to make sure that she survives; it’s not out of selfishness or malice for other people. She just never had a reason to stop looking out for herself, and let someone else do it. It actually took a lot of work and a lot of putting myself in that place to figure that out about her. But I am really sarcastic and I do wear a lot of black…

How do you feel about the show’s sex scenes? Are you comfortable shooting them?

I’m a very awkward person generally, so I will admit to being really uncomfortable and anxious and nervous, and not wanting to do anything wrong or make anything weird. Alfie is a wonderful person. He’s a great guy so… actually if this is going down verbatim, just say that he’s terrible, just terrible! But no, he’s great and we work really well together, and it’s really not horrible when you’re [part of] a cast who understand each other. We all talk and we’re all friends. I mean, it is weird pretending to be naked in front of 20 people, while people instruct you on the proper way to, you know, mack on someone who you [just] had lunch with.

It’s really not romantic at all.

It really feels like work, and it’s actually quite funny a lot of the time, because all it takes is one little thing to shake the moment up and then you start laughing because you realize what you’re doing. You know, someone going, “No, no, don’t touch her that way! Kiss here so that we see more of your face!” And it’s just too funny and truly uncomfortable in my experience. Things get weird. Getting naked in front of what you then later realize is 9.3 million people is never not weird for me, personally.

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