Season Two, Revisited: Katey Sagal on Sons of Anarchy

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If there's any justice in the televison awards world, Katey Sagal will be nominated for an Emmy for her work throughout season two of Sons of Anarchy.

As Gemma Teller Morrow, Sagal was the heart and soul of the FX series, whose second season run many critics consider to be one of the best in TV history.

A couple weeks after the incredible finale, the actress spoke at length to E! News about her character's past and future...

On Gemma's season two storyline: I was really looking forward to it, not the actual [gang rape] scene to shoot, but as an actor, I understood where the character was going, and I thought well that's a pretty interesting way to go with her. People are dimensional, people are not just one way so the opportunity to show that is always interesting.

On Gemma and Tara's new bond: The fact that Gemma at the end of the first season realizes she's not gonna to be the first girl, in terms of being close to her son, so Gemma being the smart woman that she is, she realizes it's better to join them. She's decided to contribute to the education of Tara, she's going to teach her how to be a woman in this world because it looks like she's here to stay. And Tara really went out on a limb for the club this season, she risked her job, she risked everything so Gemma admires that.

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On Gemma and Jax: A season is probably a few weeks in story time, so I think it was a really rough few weeks in terms of intimacy for anybody with Gemma. She pulled away from everybody after the rape. As an actor, I miss being with Charlie [Hunnam]—I love playing with Charlie—so who knows, maybe my husband will write stuff for me and Charlie.

On her response to Abel's kidnapping: I think Gemma's would response would be horrified, and she would be proactive in righting the wrong. She's not somebody who sits on the sidelines, she takes action.

Visit E! Online for the full interview and celebrate: Sons of Anarchy has already been renewed for a third season!

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Something happens at around 92 miles an hour - thunder-headers drown out all sound, engine vibrations travels at a heart's rate, field of vision funnels into the immediate and suddenly you're not on the road, you're in it. A part of it. Traffic, scenery, cops - just cardboard cutouts blowing over as you past. Sometimes I forget the rush of that. That's why I love these long runs. All your problems, all the noise, gone. Nothing else to worry about except what's right in front of you. Maybe that's the lesson for me today, to hold on to these simple moments. Appreciate them a little more - there's not many of them left. I don't ever want that for you. Finding things that make you happy shouldn't be so hard. I know you'll face pain, suffering, hard choices, but you can't let the weight of it choke the joy out of your life. No matter what, you have to find the things that love you. Run to them. There's an old saying, 'That what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger' I don't believe that. I think the things that try to kill you make you angry and sad. Strength comes from the good things - your family, your friends, the satisfaction of hard work. Those are the things that'll keep you whole. Those are the things to hold on to when you're broken.


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