For six seasons, Viola Davis has portrayed the confident and complicated law professor and attorney Annalise Keating on “How to Get Away With Murder,” challenging audiences both on-screen and off to reevaluate what it means to be a leading lady on a network drama.

“In the past, I always felt like if I didn’t have an apron on and a baby on my lap and I wasn’t very maternal, then I had no value,” Davis told Variety on the “Variety After-Show.” “We have to be allowed to have our mess as women. I don’t think that it makes us any less valuable. It makes us very human.”

Davis admitted to feeling like she has come into herself over time while playing the role of Keating.

“This character has helped me in a lot of ways to tap into those parts of myself,” Davis said. “Getting older helps you to say no [too,] it really does. Not to get too morbid or too deep, but, you don’t feel like you have the time for it.”

As for the character’s impact on audiences as a whole, Davis said, “I want every woman out there to feel represented. I feel that Annalise represented womanhood.”

“Womanhood has been so limited in the past,” she continued. “You feel like if you’re not a size two and blonde, blue eyes — which is beautiful too —  then you’re not included in the arena of femininity and complexity. I never want my art to represent that. I want my art to represent you, me, my mama, my aunties, you know, everyone.”

Davis also teased the Emmy-winning drama’s final episodes and shared why she feels the series “ends perfectly.”