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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.

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