If Gemma ever had to choose between the two, where do you think, especially this season more than any, her allegiance is between Jax and Clay?
Katey Sagal: I think it's a tough question. Her allegiance is to everybody. I mean, you know, what she's desperately fighting for, in my opinion, is to protect the whole system. This is her life, the whole thing. Where she's come from, she doesn't want to go back to, so her loyalty is to the entire situation. I would imagine if she really had to choose, oh, gosh. I really don't know. I would say her son. That's what I would say, but you never know with her.
Henry Rollins has said the rape scene was a very unpleasant day for him as an actor. From your perspective, what was the repercussion of shooting that? How long did it take you to shake off that scene?
KS: To me, those scenes are done very by the book and very choreographed, and it was a very safe environment. We had been to the space a couple of days before we actually shot the scene, so we could kind of take it in and realize where we were going to be. And the actual shooting of the scene probably didn't take more than two, three hours. Shaking it off was actually a process through the next three or four episodes are pretty intense in terms of dealing with it, and so it kind of was hanging around. I mean, it hung around for most of the season with Gemma, but the really super dark, emotional visits I had to take, I would say, it was a good month. Not that I was walking around with it every moment of the day -- I have three kids at home, but it was definitely a dark experience.
How immersed is your husband, the creator of the show, in the motorcycle club world?
KS: Well, he's not really immersed in it. He is now, you know, very familiar with it, and has made these contacts through his research. Before he began the project, he wasn't really familiar with the world, but he, as any good writer would do, did a lot of research. So he went and introduced himself at the beginning. But now that community has really embraced the show, and I know Sonny [Barger] called him and invited him and myself [to his birthday party]. I was working. I couldn't go to his birthday party, which was really kind of an honor to be included. And so Kurt went up. I don't think he has daily contacts with that world, but he definitely is connected in some ways.
You stepped back into Peg Bundy's shoes when you worked on David Faustino's Web series. Was that easy for you to do, or did that take some adjusting since you hadn't done it in a while?
KS: It's pretty much like riding a bike, especially when we were all in the room. You know, it was pretty funny actually. And Eddie fell right into it, so we kind of followed his lead.
What kind of negative feedback, if any, have you heard from fans?
KS: I'm sure there's negatives. I'm sure there's people that might think it's too violent. And I always feel like, well, then watch something else. I haven't gotten a lot of negative feedback, actually.
How important do you think it is for women who are watching the show, just seeing what you're going through and how you're dealing with the situation?
KS: I'm not sure that it's the way anybody would deal with the situation. Her choice to not speak up and not tell her family what has happened to her, she's doing it for a higher purpose in her mind, which is to protect them because she knows who her family is, and she knows that this is a violent world, and that they would protect her. They would go to any lengths to protect her, so she has decided to keep quiet. I don't know that that is the message that women should pick up. I'm not sure that that would be the proper way to handle that situation for anybody really, but for Gemma, and in this world, it is, so that's the storytelling going on. Any other woman in that situation, I would hope that they would go talk about it immediately.
It seems that Gemma and Clay's relationship this season is a bit in trouble. How is that going to evolve for the rest of the season?
KS: They stay married. I'll tell you that.
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