BY COLIN VICKERY
THERE must have been a time when Katey Sagal thought she would be stereotyped as Peg Bundy on Married . . . with Children forever.
That would have been a shame because she is an accomplished dramatic actor.
Sagal, 57, won this year’s Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama for her searing portrayal of bikie matriarch Gemma Teller Morrow in Sons of Anarchy.
Sagal is also an accomplished singer. She has released two solo albums and done back-up vocals for Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, Tanya Tucker and Gene Simmons and is the voice of Leela on Futurama. Gemma is one tough character. Howdid you get the role? My husband ( Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter) had talked about trying to find something to do together. He wrote the character with me in mind. Fortunately, the studio agreed. What do you make of Gemma? Gemma is a survivor. My sense of her is that she grew up in Charming, ran away from home when she was about 15, and hooked up with this motorcycle club. I did research on motorcycle culture. It is a pretty misogynist world that she lives in, but she is the queen bee. Howdid you cope with season two’s traumatic rape storyline? Even though I’ve never been physically assaulted, it required me to revisit some assaultive places in my own life. That’s the healing process of being an actor. You have a chance to revisit parts of yourself that need another look. Do you miss doing comedies? I loved all 11 years of Married . . . with Children, but now that I’m doing Gemma I love that. I’m not yearning to be funny. Any music plans? I’m toying with the idea of recording some songs that would be a new CD. I have a band, I play around locally. I love to sing, so whenever I get a chance I pretty much do. What was it like being a backup singer for Bob Dylan? Bob Dylan fired me. I was 19 when I worked with him and I was so star-struck being in the same room with him I could barely speak, let alone do my job. You have three children. What sort ofmumare you? Children always need their mummy. What is great about my job is that I basically work in the summer months so I have the school year off which I like. When the public recognise you, is it because of Peg Bundy or Gemma Teller Morrow? Lately it’s more Sons of Anarchy and Futurama. Sons has really caught on this year. I’m surprised by the response. It’s great because I’m really proud of what I’m doing. Sons of Anarchy season two has just been released on Blu-ray and DVD. Season four premieres on Foxtel’s showcase channel on November 21.