“She carries a gun, so I don’t know if that’s somebody I’d be having lunch with,” admitted Katey Sagal about her character on the FX drama “Sons of Anarchy.” Describing this matriarch of a California biker gang, Sagal said: “She’s very loyal and family-oriented … not just out for herself. I tend to like people like that, but she’s a scary girl. They live in a very different subculture than we’re used to.”
The third season of the show (created, produced, and written by her husband Kurt Sutter) gave Sagal two major storylines. In the opening four episodes, she had several emotional scenes while visiting her father, played by Hal Holbrook. The latter part of the season saw her searching for a missing grandson, even taking her to Ireland for the hunt.
Holbrook had been directed by Sagal’s father Boris twice — on a 1966 episode of “Preview Tonight” and on the 1978 miniseries “The Awakening Land.” And that connection helped them bond during filming said Sagal. “He is so endearing. There was something so sincerely father-daughter about Hal and I. I just really saddled up to him. Great stories…great energy…just wonderful to be around.”
In January, Sagal won a Golden Globe for Best TV Drama Actress defeating Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), Piper Perabo (“Covert Affairs”), and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”). She is contention for the same award at this month’s inaugural Critics’ Choice TV Awards.
While Sagal earned four Golden Globe bids for her role as Peg Bundy on “Married with Children” (“the little engine that could”) and has worked steadily since — “8 Simple Rules” “Boston Legal,” and “Lost,” — she has yet to contend at the Emmys. “I’ve been working a really long time, and gratefully I’ve continued to work,” said Sagal. “I look at it all (awards) as super lovely. As corny as this sounds, the big prize is that I already have the job. To have other people love to watch what I ‘m doing is very special.”