“I literally rolled out of bed and rolled into a Target with [my daughter] Genesis, and the paparazzi caught me.Â I wore a wool hat and my Jimmy Kimmel sweat jacket. I was just not looking great,” she told Entertainment Weekly.
“But itâ€™s not a big idea. Those are princess problems. In the grand scheme of life, thatâ€™s very minuscule to complain about.â€
According to Viola, also explained the stress that comes with being an actress of a certain age in Tinseltown and shattered the illusion that things get easy once you make it big.
â€œThereâ€™s the reality of being an actor, especially after two Academy Award nominations, and thereâ€™s the fantasy.Â People oversimplify it by saying, start a production company, get your own stuff going on â€¦ as if itâ€™s that easy,” she explained.
“Iâ€™ve had a production company for years. We have great projects coming up, but itâ€™s been a battle, okay? At the same time, you have to stay relevant because you have to be bankable to the foreign market.”
As far as what attracted her to Shonda Rhimes‘ latest breakout series, Viola says it had a lot to do with the “messiness” of her character.
“I knew it would have a great time slot, and I would be a lead in a TV show. Iâ€™d get to play a role thatâ€™s sexualized, messy, all those of things I never get to play. And at the same time, I can be relevant.â€
Still, some of the more sexual scene still make this pro blush.
â€œIt was nerve-wracking, but I went for it.Â Anyone should be nervous doing very personal and private scenes,” she said.
“If you are not nervous, then something is wrong with you.â€