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Interview with Sarah Wayne Callies of "Colony" on
USA Network July 20, 2017
Attending the "Colony" press panel at Comic Con 2017, we
talked to Sarah Wayne Callies about her portrayal of
powerful women, time and time again.
Sarah, what would you define as being a brazen woman?
Sarah: Unfortunately, I think being a brazen
woman just means claiming all the rights and privileges of
maleness, and not apologizing for it.
And I don't say
that in any way that's strident. But it's like this. You get
an earful from people sometimes. It's important to be
respectful and allow everyone to have their opinion, but
there are times where it's absolutely shocking to me what
comes out of peoples mouths.
Jake: When you
say you've gotten an earful, I assume you mean from The
Walking Dead fans?
Sarah: Laurie from The
Walking Dead is an amazing example. All these people saying
"she's a terrible mother!" Really? Because every time her
husband comes home, he gives her a kiss on the cheek, then
leaves her and her son to go save a raging racist of a
redneck. That's good parenting? I do think Rick Grimes is an
amazing character, but that's when I really started getting
a sense of the colossal double standard in what would be
heroic if a man were doing it instead of a woman.
Jake: Laurie was a good mom.
was! I mean, look. Both of her kids are still alive. 8 years
of the apocalypse and both of her kids are still alive.
Jake: Isn't that all the proof you need?
Sarah: Not everyone will agree. For example, with
social media I tend not to engage too much with other
peoples opinions. I read comments. I read fan mail. If
someone sends it to me, I read every word. With social
media, anything that's negative, I skip.
Sarah: People are more than welcome
to have their opinions but my job as an actor is to be open
to stuff. So when negative things come in, they land, and
they hurt. I don't need that. I don't need to be worrying
about that nonsense. But I have to say, by and large people
are pretty great with me. There are other actors who have
different kinds of fans, but sometimes people will come up
and say "be my mom!" and "I wish you would bake me a cake!"
Like yeah man, totally!
Jake: Would you say
that Norman Reedus fans are much different?
It's not like with Norman Reedus at all. You know, those
people are trying to get tattoos of him. God bless him. I
can't count the number of times Norman walked up to us and
said "somebody just gave me another bag of squirrel meat."
Like, whoa. Alright!
Jake: Thank you for your
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