1. Today Fresh Air speaks to Katey Sagal about her early aspirations to be a musician. Sagal has sung backup for Bob Dylan and Bette Midler and has a few albums of her own. Her newest album is due to come out next month.

Like I said before, too, I really wanted to be a musician; I had no aspiration at that point to be an actor. Part of me I think was rebelling against my father, because he used to say to me, ‘You know, you could be actor.’ And he said it to me when I was young. And I thought, ‘No, I want to be a singer.’ [Acting] didn’t look glamorous to me at all — even when I met Elvis Presley, because my dad directed an Elvis movie. … But I’ll never forget, he brought me to the set. I met Elvis Presley. I was so not impressed. Now I would be. I was like a snotty little 12-year-old.”

    Today Fresh Air speaks to Katey Sagal about her early aspirations to be a musician. Sagal has sung backup for Bob Dylan and Bette Midler and has a few albums of her own. Her newest album is due to come out next month.

    Like I said before, too, I really wanted to be a musician; I had no aspiration at that point to be an actor. Part of me I think was rebelling against my father, because he used to say to me, ‘You know, you could be actor.’ And he said it to me when I was young. And I thought, ‘No, I want to be a singer.’ [Acting] didn’t look glamorous to me at all — even when I met Elvis Presley, because my dad directed an Elvis movie. … But I’ll never forget, he brought me to the set. I met Elvis Presley. I was so not impressed. Now I would be. I was like a snotty little 12-year-old.”

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  1. Katey Sagal plays Sons of Anarchy's fierce matriarch “Gemma.” She talks to Terry about the challenges of playing the fearless “queen of the organization” in a misogynistic biker culture.
The 6th season of Sons of Anarchy begins on September 10th and Sagal’s music career continues with the release of her fourth album, due in October.
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    Katey Sagal plays Sons of Anarchy's fierce matriarch “Gemma.” She talks to Terry about the challenges of playing the fearless “queen of the organization” in a misogynistic biker culture.

    The 6th season of Sons of Anarchy begins on September 10th and Sagal’s music career continues with the release of her fourth album, due in October.

    photo via collider

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  1. Katey Sagal on Peg Bundy’s wardrobe:

When that character was shown to me, she was written to be very sloppy. She was supposed to be like this woman who never took care of herself and kind of was a couch potato. And I read the script and my take on it was, I thought there needed to be some sort of sexual energy between her and Al Bundy, because how could you talk to each other so horribly if something didn’t happen that was wonderful also — even though he was always bemoaning that aspect of their relationship. So it was my idea to doll her up. I thought she should look sexy. … So that was really my input to the writing, which I ultimately think made it a little more real and not so difficult to take. Because they were pretty tough on each other, those two.

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    Katey Sagal on Peg Bundy’s wardrobe:

    When that character was shown to me, she was written to be very sloppy. She was supposed to be like this woman who never took care of herself and kind of was a couch potato. And I read the script and my take on it was, I thought there needed to be some sort of sexual energy between her and Al Bundy, because how could you talk to each other so horribly if something didn’t happen that was wonderful also — even though he was always bemoaning that aspect of their relationship. So it was my idea to doll her up. I thought she should look sexy. … So that was really my input to the writing, which I ultimately think made it a little more real and not so difficult to take. Because they were pretty tough on each other, those two.

    (Image via Canada.com)

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    Peg Bundy

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  1. Well, it was really an issue of censorship, and at the time we were very irreverent. And there was a woman named Terry Rakolta [who] tried to get us pulled off the air because she didn’t want her kids to watch it. And our response was, ‘Well, you change the channel or you put your kid in the other room.’ It wasn’t about stopping it; it was about you should be the parent and monitor your child.

    But she caused such a ruckus and tried to get sponsors to leave the show, that really what she did was like double and triple our ratings, and we ended up on the cover of The New York Times. I think it was after our third season where we were a hit, but we were still on the new Fox network that most people didn’t have. I think like 60 percent of the country had it at the time — you had to have little rabbit ears on your TV to get it. And she did the exact opposite of what she had intended to do. So we sent her flowers every year, which I’m sure really pissed her off.

    I always had a struggle, which I still do, when you’re playing a character and it’s not necessarily your morals or your values. You’re playing a character, but the way the media will sometimes ask you if these are your opinions, you know — they make you responsible for that, and I take issue with it because I don’t believe in censorship. … Married with Children was racy. It was sexist. It was a lot of things, but mostly it was funny.

    — Katey Sagal on the conservative response to Married With Children

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  1. Katey Sagal on her husband, Kurt Sutter, writing Gemma with her in mind:

His idea came from meeting with our other executive producers who had wanted to do a movie in this arena. And he thought it would be a good television series, and so he wrote this world which sort of had a Hamlet arc about it, and there was definitely the mother of our Hamlet. And so he came to me as he was writing it, and said ‘I think I have a part for you,’ but he didn’t really tell me what it was. And I didn’t really know what it was until I actually read the script. But he did write it with me in mind, and then we were hoping the network would sign off on that. …

If you asked him, what he would tell you probably is when he came into my life, I already had two children, and he’s their stepparent, and I was very protective of my children. … He hadn’t been around that kind of energy quite so much, so I think that’s what was the springboard for Gemma. It was not so much the heinous things she does; it was that at her core, her motivation is her children, is her child. At any cost, she will protect him and her club.”

(Photo credit: Prashant Gupta/FX)

    Katey Sagal on her husband, Kurt Sutter, writing Gemma with her in mind:

    His idea came from meeting with our other executive producers who had wanted to do a movie in this arena. And he thought it would be a good television series, and so he wrote this world which sort of had a Hamlet arc about it, and there was definitely the mother of our Hamlet. And so he came to me as he was writing it, and said ‘I think I have a part for you,’ but he didn’t really tell me what it was. And I didn’t really know what it was until I actually read the script. But he did write it with me in mind, and then we were hoping the network would sign off on that. …

    If you asked him, what he would tell you probably is when he came into my life, I already had two children, and he’s their stepparent, and I was very protective of my children. … He hadn’t been around that kind of energy quite so much, so I think that’s what was the springboard for Gemma. It was not so much the heinous things she does; it was that at her core, her motivation is her children, is her child. At any cost, she will protect him and her club.”

    (Photo credit: Prashant Gupta/FX)

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    Sons of Anarchy

    Fresh Air

  1. On tap for today: Katey Sagal, who plays the fierce matriarch in the biker gang on Sons of Anarchy, the FX series created by her husband Kurt Sutter. View in High-Res

    On tap for today: Katey Sagal, who plays the fierce matriarch in the biker gang on Sons of Anarchy, the FX series created by her husband Kurt Sutter.

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