Aja Naomi King is an American actress who began her career by appearing in guest-starring roles on television. Her first notable role was as Cassandra Kopelson in the CW medical comedy-drama, Emily Owens. M.D. King is more widely known for her role as Michaela Pratt in the popular ABC drama series How to Get Away With Murder, in which she received a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nomination in 2015. More recently, King starred as Cherry in the critically acclaimed biographical film, The Birth of a Nation.