HTGAWM's Viola Davis: Emmy Speech Felt Like 'Dying a Quick Death' (Video)

Viola Davis‘ Emmy win was famously followed by an acclaimed acceptance speech that brought fellow Shondaland actress Kerry Washington to tears.

Be that as it may, the How to Get Away With Murder star was almost sure her historic moment had gone south.

Talking with Seth Meyers on Tuesday’s  Late Night, the TGIT all-star admitted that she couldn’t get a sense of the reaction on stage, and thus feared she was “dying a quick death” as the first African-American to bring home the gold for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

“I felt the great wall of silence,” she said. “My husband afterwards said, ‘Vee, I didn’t know where you were going with that.'”

As you might recall, the actress thanked those who helped “redefine what it means to be black” on television, including fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Scandal‘s Washington and Sleepy Hollow‘s Nicole Beharie.

Watch an excerpt from Davis’ interview above.