The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 16, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama
(“Sons of Anarchy”)
How did you research your role of Gemma Teller Morrow in “Sons of Anarchy”? Do you have anyone in mind who inspired you to play this character?
I actually do. I did a lot of research, when we began the show, on motorcycle culture. And there’s not a lot written about the women. It tends to be a somewhat male-oriented group. So we took a lot of creative license. The original pilot that my husband [“Sons of Anarchy” creator] Kurt Sutter wrote had so much background of these people’s lives. She’s a little bit of a few political figures in my brain, a little bit of royal family. I don’t want to say [names].
What is it about acting that has motivated you to continue doing it and be where you are today?
I don’t really know what the answer to that is. I love being a working actor, and I just keep showing up. It’s been an interesting career for me, because I was in comedy for so long, which I love, but I wanted to branch out and do other things. A lot of it was just showing up and showing people I could do that.
Your husband, “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter, has been very critical about how “Sons of Anarchy” has been overlooked at major award shows. Do you think your Golden Globe win will make him feel a little better now?
He is super-happy for me. He is very happy for me. This [Golden Globe] honors our show as well as honors me. I give this to him. We’ll see what he does with it. I am proudly holding it.
What can you say about “Sons of Anarchy” to people who have never seen the show?
It’s a family drama called “Sons of Anarchy.” It’s a subculture that has not been explored a lot on television. It’s definitely violent. It’s a 10 o’clock show. So I think as parents — this is how I’ve always felt about this — we use our own discretion as to what we let our children watch. I don’t think that’s the responsibility of the media as much as it is of the individual. My 16-year-old watches it. My 14-year-old watches it. I might stop there. [She laughs.]
You kind of resemble Sarah Palin. Do you see yourself playing her at some point in your career?
You’re seeing me as Sarah Palin? Am I? Well, you know, I’m always up for a challenge. That would definitely be a challenge for me. I would have to use a gun. Actually, I do that on “Sons of Anarchy,” so it’s not that big of a stretch.
A lot of people work with their spouses, and it’s a disaster. How do you and Kurt make it work?
It’s actually been more good than anything else. There are times when we try not to bring it all home. It tends to be all-encompassing. But we have three children, so they definitely pull focus, and it allows us to leave it at home. Sometimes I can talk a little too much, ask a few too many questions. I’m learning to go through the proper channels, but overall, it’s great.
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Golden Globe Awards website
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