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Emmys: ‘Breaking Bad’ Knife Fight Was ‘Cathartic’ for Anna Gunn

Anna Gunn won her supporting drama actress trophy for the first half of “Breaking Bad’s” final season, but when she hit the backstage room all anyone wanted to talk about was that knife fight in last week’s episode.

For starters, Gunn said she was excited to be able to do a heavy stunt scene. “The boys do the stunts all the time so I was extremely excited,” she said. And it wasn’t easy. “There were a lot of takes. I got a little sore,” she said.

Gunn acknowledged that the scene was a pivotal moment for the show and for her character, Skyler White, the reluctant but not unwitting partner in Walter White’s drug empire.

“It was a culmination of what Skyler had to endure for those five seasons. She finally drew a line in the sand and said (to Walter) you will not hurt another member of my family,” she said. “It was a tremendous release and actually really cathartic.”

As for the end of “Breaking Bad,” Gunn noted that the show had a particularly personal connection for her as she is from Santa Fe, N.M.

“I”m going to miss the sky and the colors and the mountains and the people,” she said. “It’s part of the heartbreak of the show being over.”

 

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