Aja Naomi King for NY Times in 2014

Aja took this lovely photo for a NY Times feature in 2014. In it, she discussed landing the role of Michaela Pratt on How To Get Away With Murder.

Aja Naomi King for NY Times in 2014

Growing up, you wanted to become a doctor. Why the change of heart?

When I was younger, my mother tried to get me an agent because I was always singing and dancing, but whenever she took me to an audition, I would just shut down. By high school, I was telling everyone, “Oh, I’m going to be a doctor when I grow up,” because my dad was always saying to me, “Pick a career path where you’re always going to be necessary.” But by junior year, I was president of choir, I was the lead in the school play, and I just loved being onstage performing. I literally had a breakdown because I’m not big on denying myself the things that I want, and I knew I was going to do it anyway. So it was coming to terms with the fact that my life was never going to be stable. I’d never know where the next job was coming.

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