From a feature for Maxim in 2014 called “Hot 10” where she answered 10 questions.
Aja did a photoshoot and interview for The New Potato in February 2016. This is a really cute photoshoot!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The worst?
The best advice I have ever received is that everyone in the world will want to tell you no, to disregard and diminish your power, so you have to tell yourself yes!
The worst was to have a back-up plan. I don’t believe in back-up plans, I only believe in doing whatever it takes to make your plan happen.
Read more at The New Potato!
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.
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.
Read more at NY Times!
Aja appeared in an article for Who What Wear about the next TV “it” girls of Fall 2015. She was listed along with Skyler Samuels (Scream Queens), Isabelle Fuhrman (Masters of Sex), and Rebecca Rittenhouse (Blood & Oil).
WWW: You mentioned you loved Michaela’s style. How would you describe your own look?
AK: With me it really depends on the day. Mostly all I do right now is go to work, so it’s dressing up to go to work to take those clothes off and put on my character’s wardrobe. But there are some days when I want to feel girly, flirty, and fun, and I’ll wear cute shorts and a nice top or throw on a dress. I love to be able to throw on one-piece outfits, like rompers and dresses, things that are easy to pair with bits of jewelry and shoes and look really put together but are also extremely comfortable. And then there are other days I want to be completely bundled up in like a million layers of sweaters, jeans, and boots—just buried inside of my clothing. It’s whatever grabs me in the moment.
WWW: What’s your go-to fashion piece for fall?
AK: Well I’m big on sweaters. Urban [Outfitters] and Banana Republic always have comfortable and fun options to throw on. So that would be great for fall if it actually cools down. In L.A., however, everyone will probably be grabbing a pair of linen shorts and calling it a day.
Read more at Who What Wear!
Aja appeared in an editorial for The New York Times Style Magazine in February 2016!
Aja Naomi King
The 31-year-old Los Angeles native didn’t think her film, “The Birth of a Nation,” would even make it into Sundance, let alone become the toast of the festival. “You could feel the energy buzzing through everyone in the room,” King says of the film’s now almost-mythic premiere, which was followed — and preceded — by lengthy standing ovations. By purchasing the film for a Sundance record $17.5 million and giving it an October release date, Fox Searchlight has positioned “The Birth of a Nation” as an early favorite for a number of awards — including a possible best supporting actress nod for King, who plays the young wife of the slave rebellion leader Nat Turner, played by the film’s director, Nate Parker. It’s a stark departure from her role on the Shonda Rhimes-produced ABC series “How to Get Away with Murder,” on which she plays the ambitious law student Michaela Pratt. “Sadly, we don’t see my character in class very much,” jokes King, who earned her M.F.A. in drama from Yale. “I really hope she graduates before it ends.”
Aja took these beautiful photos for an interview with Refinery29 posted online in January 2015. This is my absolute favorite photoshoot of hers!
Here’s a part of the interview:
Did you always want to act?
“My father had insisted that it was important to find a career where you’ll always be necessary, so for a long time I was telling people that I wanted to be a doctor. My junior year of high school, I was like president of choir and in the school plays, and I had just a complete meltdown because I knew I couldn’t do other things. I was already doing the things that I loved. And, then the terror set in because as we all know, careers in the arts aren’t always the most stable. I decided if you really want to do something, you have to do it with your whole heart or you can’t do it at all. I had no real backup plan. I just kind of went full force.”