Rape. Murder. Getting religion. Katey Sagal's Sons of Anarchy character, Gemma Teller, went through a lot during the show's critically acclaimed and high-rated second season.
"She's completely undone in a way that she's never been before, in a way that made her feel vulnerable," Sagal tells us of her character's Season 2 journey. "She just questions everything about herself. [The rape] threatened her sexuality, it threatened her marriage, it threatened everything about her."
Whether she was enduring the brutal attack, finally confessing it to her warring son and husband or just living in the (few) quieter moments of SAMCRO's world, Sagal's portrayal was consistently brilliant. Clearly, she is Peg Bundy no more.
"As an actor, it's like a dream come true," Sagal says of the role. "You want to keep stretching yourself and doing things you haven't done before. It keeps you interested, keeps you curious, keeps you learning. It's been fantastic."
It was Sagal's husband, Sons creator Kurt Sutter, who asked her to be part of the show. She says she agreed with "not a moment's hesitation" - and she had that same level of trust in him when she learned about the rape scene.
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