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Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn: 'I Was Unprepared for the Vitriolic Response Skyler Inspired'
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Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn: 'I Was Unprepared for the Vitriolic Response Skyler Inspired'

Aug 24 2013, 2:12pm CDT | by TV Line

Some Breaking Bad fans have disturbingly projected their attitudes toward Skyler onto her portrayer, to the point that actress Anna Gunn has taken steps to safeguard herself from violent threats....

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Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn: 'I Was Unprepared for the Vitriolic Response Skyler Inspired'

Aug 24 2013, 2:12pm CDT | by TV Line

Some Breaking Bad fans have disturbingly projected their attitudes toward Skyler onto her portrayer, to the point that actress Anna Gunn has taken steps to safeguard herself from violent threats.

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“At some point on the message boards, the character of Skyler seemed to drop out of the conversation, and people transferred their negative feelings directly to me,” Gunn shares in an op-ed contribution to the New York Times. “One post read: ‘Could somebody tell me where I can find Anna Gunn so I can kill her?’ Besides being frightened (and taking steps to ensure my safety), I was also astonished: how had disliking a character spiraled into homicidal rage at the actress playing her?”

Since meth-king Walter’s wife calls him on his lies both huge and small, “Skyler is, in a sense, his antagonist” and “might not be the show’s most popular character,” Gunn acknowledges. “But I was unprepared for the vitriolic response she inspired.”

“Could it be that they can’t stand a woman who won’t suffer silently or ‘stand by her man’? That they despise her because she won’t back down or give up?” she muses. “Or because she is, in fact, Walter’s equal?”

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Gunn — who has twice (including this year) been Emmy-nominated for her performance as Skyler — says she ultimately realized that neither she nor her character are the problem but rather some viewers’ “perception of women and wives. Because Skyler didn’t conform to a comfortable ideal of the archetypical female, she had become … a measure of our attitudes toward gender.”

“I can’t say that I have enjoyed being the center of the storm of Skyler hate,” Gunn concludes. “But in the end, I’m glad that this discussion has happened, that it has taken place in public and that it has illuminated some of the dark and murky corners that we often ignore or pretend aren’t still there in our everyday lives.”

(Again, the full text of Gunn’s excellent, candid editorial can and should be read at NYTimes.com.)

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Have you ever found yourself among those wishing that Skyler was a bigger cheerleader for her drug lord hubby? Or do you appreciate that she has challenged Walt most every step of the way?


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'Breaking Bad' Star Has Conflicted Feelings On Spinoff

Oct 9 2014 4:58pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

"Better Call Saul" is coming to AMC early next year, and everyone is excited about it. Well, almost everyone ... In an interview with ScreenCrush, actor Dean Norris, aka Hank from "Breaking Bad," said he had "conflicted views" about the new spinoff show: You know, I’m such a big fan of "Breaking Bad." So, I thought it was the perfect show and I thought it ended perfectly and to just kind of mess with that in any wa ...
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Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Questions with GRACEPOINT Star Alisen Down

Oct 9 2014 10:35am CDT | Source: the TV addict

GRACEPOINT deals with the homicide of Danny Solano (Nikolas Filipovic) a teenage boy from the small coastal town of Gracepoint, California.  Detective Ellie Miller (Anna Gunn) and Emmett Carver (David Tennant) search for answers in a town that’s full of secrets, the homicide ignites a firestorm in the media and creates th ...
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Gracepoint Season 1 Episode 1 Review: Who Did It?

Oct 2 2014 9:00pm CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

Yes, I'm a fan of the original, Broadchurch, so there will be comparisons between the two versions. That said, I enjoyed Gracepoint Season 1 Episode 1 every bit as much as the original. Any mentions of Broadchurch are simply meant to compare and contrast, not as a put down. I will never reveal spoilers from the original, only hint at which characters are suspicious in this version. Sound cool? I hope you will theoriz ...
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Gracepoint Interview: David Tennant on Reimagining Broadchurch, Using An American Accent & More

Sep 30 2014 9:15am CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

Gracepoint star David Tennant recently participated in a Q&A with members of the press to discuss his new 10-part mystery series. As excerpted below, the star touched on the differences between Gracepoint and the original UK version, Broadchurch, perfecting an American accent, working with Anna Gunn and more. For audiences not familiar with drama, Tennant describes it as "a very strong whodunit. There's the procedural element of cops trying to solve a case." The ...
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Watch David Tennant and Anna Gunn in new Gracepoint teaser trailer

Sep 28 2014 5:42pm CDT | Source: Digital Spy

David Tennant and Anna Gunn star in new 'Do it for Danny' trai ...
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Watch David Tennant, Anna Gunn in new Gracepoint trailer

Sep 26 2014 11:21am CDT | Source: Digital Spy

The new trailer features David Tennant and Anna Gunn targeting s ...
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2014 Emmy Awards: Breaking Bad Wins BIG

Aug 25 2014 9:57pm CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

Seth Meyers hosted. Julia-Louis Dreyfus made out with Bryan Cranston. And a lot of past winners were named current winners. Yes, the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out tonight, with Modern Family once again cleaning up in the comedy category, Sherlock receiving a lot of love and Breaking Bad reminding everyone why many consider it the greatest drama of all-time. We've posted the major winners below and we await your reaction in the Comments section that follows ...
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Emmys' Best Actor In Drama Goes To Bryan Cranston

Aug 25 2014 9:51pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

The Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series goes to Bryan Cranston, for his role in "Breaking Bad." Cranston beat out Jeff Daniels, Jon Hamm, Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey in the category Monday night, Aug. 25. It is his fourth win. "This is a horrible category," Julia Roberts joked as she was presenting the award. When Cranston accepted the award he spoke of his love of acting and said, "I can only say that I have gratitude for ...
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