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By Suzanne

Interview with Robin Weigert of "Sons of Anarchy" on FX 10/28/13

She was very nice in our call, and I'm happy that I made her laugh :) Great show and a cool cast. It's always nice to interview anyone from this show.

Final Transcript
FX NETWORK: Sons of Anarchy
October 28, 2013/1:00 p.m. PDT

Stephanie Kelly
Robin Weigert


Moderator Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Sons of Anarchy Teleconference. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Then, later, weíll conduct a question and answer session, and the instructions will be given at that time. (Instructions given.) As a reminder, the conference is being recorded.

Iíd now like to turn the conference over to our host, Ms. Stephanie Kelly from FX. Please go ahead.

S. Kelly: Hello, everyone. Thank you very much for dialing in and participating in todayís call with Robin Weigert from Sons of Anarchy, who plays Lawyer Ally Lowen on the show.

Without further ado, Iíll introduce Robin and get started.

R. Weigert: Hello.

S. Kelly: Robin is now on the call. Go ahead.

Moderator: (Instructions given.) Itís also been requested, if you can limit yourself to one question and one follow-up question. For additional questions, youíll need to queue up again. Our first question from the line of Mandi Bierly with Entertainment Weekly. Please go ahead.

M. Bierly: Hello, Robin, how are you?

R. Weigert: Hello. Iím good, thank you. How are you?

M. Bierly: Iím good. Thank you for taking the time. Iíve been doing sort of post-mortems after each episode, so I wonít spoil this online before todayís episode airs, I promise you. Iím on the record. We find out in this episode óassuming that she (Lowen) doesnít know what exactly Tara was planning. I was hoping you could kind of talk us through what you think she did know and what your reaction was whenever you sort of figured that out.

R. Weigert: Yes. I mean, I had built such a careful case and this is a huge bomb that she drops right in the middle of it. You can understand why Tara would want total security, that she could keep Gemma away from the kids, but at the same time sheís wrought havoc on my work to try toómy work, as Ally Lowen, to try to prepare the way for us to have a solid case in court. Thereís so many ways in which in what sheís done could potentially be penetrative.

Iím just thinking like a lawyer, you know, as I answer the question. I mean, in so many ways, what sheís done could be investigated and have, you know, and be punctured. If that happens, then it damages all the rest of what Iíve carefully orchestrated for trial. I think thatís a lot of whatís going through my head, and I have no choice really but to stand by her side in this chapter, but itís a tough one.

M. Bierly: As a follow-up, I just wanted to sort of ask looking ahead, is there anything you can tease, vaguely, about I mean it seems like itís something that could come back and bite Lowen as well? We know that Gemma may not be her biggest fan at this point. What you can say about that?

R. Weigert: Oh sure. Yes. The thing about the way the parts are on this season is being a lawyer for a member of a house divided is a lot more dynamic than being a lawyer from a member house united, and this whole season has been about the fracturing of that family. I think thereís no wayóearly on, I had to take sides and it was said in no uncertain terms in that scene with Gemma, you know, whose side I was going to take. I think the line was, ďI guess Iíll have to figure out which innocent is in need of a good defense,Ē with the word innocent loaded with irony. Really, none of them are innocent and to be a lawyer and sign up for this job, youíd have to know that you were doing a little bit of a dance, a careful dance.

Itís the same as being a lawyer for the mob, I guess. You are really working the law to try to help your client; and at the same time, you know that your client will have done a lot of things that are not on the right side of the law, so you have to kind of almost play the game of law. It feels like this has somehow gotten personal for her, for Lowen, because of her investment perhaps in the kidsóherself, her investment in those kids, in a sense that their innocence and even their lives are in danger.

There are so many issues this season. Thereís legacy, the audience is sort of I think at this point just rooting for the light to stay inside of Jax somewhere. Heís done so many dark, dark things; but for that light at his core not to be extinguished and so much about what is the source of that life and light is Tara. As we watch the relationship more and more in danger, I think, weíre wondering ultimately what will become of Jaxís soul, really, you know, his heart. Iíve gotten all tied up in that storyline this season.

M. Bierly: Thank you. I appreciate it.

R. Weigert: Yes, yes.

Moderator: Our next question is from the line of Brent Hankins with The Nerd Repository. Please go ahead.

R. Weigert: I like the name Nerd Depository. Itís excellent.

B. Hankins: Thank you. You know, over the course of Lowenís involvement with the Sons of Anarchy weíve seen her pretty much take everything in stride without ever even batting an eye, but it really seems like the developments with Tara have kind of gotten under her skin in a way that all of the other past events with the Sons havenít.

You know, I think we saw it a little bit last week in the hospital room just like with the expression on her face when she was looking at Tara, and then we see it in this weekís episode with their kind of confrontation. Is Lowen, do you think, sheís more upset from a personal standpoint or more of a moral standing? Like she truly believes that Tara has done something wrong, and sheís conflicted with how she feels about it and whether she should do anything about it?

R. Weigert: Well, you know, these little points of light characters like Unser and, to an extent, Lowen, who as morally ambiguous as their roles are at times, they are on the side of right somehow. Theyíre wanting good to prevail over evil and are fighting that fight. I think what youíre seeing is that these characters are more embattled this season and have to make choices; and as soon as you have to make choices, thereís no way not to become personally engaged because these arenít choices dictated by the law, in my case or in his case, by you know the rules of being a former cop. Theyíre dictated by oneís conscious; and as soon as you start to make choices on that basis, youíre implicated, and youíre involved in a different level.

Sheís had to create a kind of hierarchy of whatís more important than not and even at some risk to herself this season, because, certainly, sheís been threatened. Sheís walking into deeper and deeper waters here where she stands to be ever more threatened, because the situation is becoming unbelievably volatile, and the potential for volatility is just escalating. She has to recognize with each step she takes that sheís committing more and more. I donít know if I answered your question.

B. Hankins: Yes. You did. Absolutely. Just a quick follow-up, you know, as obviously, Gemma suspects something is up and we have to assume at some point Jax will also find out that things werenít quite as they seem, do you think Lowen is concerned about the fallout from that and what Jax or Gemma may do to her due to her being complicit in these actions?

R. Weigert: Yes. I mean it is a question whether at this point my fear is more for myself in terms of my literal physical well being or more for theóitís sort of more from an ego place of having builtóworked very hard on a case and built a case and then watching it sort of crumble. I think, in terms of just non-altruistic fear that she might have, which for part of herself is coming from this sort of animal survival part or is it coming from this sort of lawyer ego part. I think it may be a mixture of both. I mean, surely, she is not imagining that she is going to genuinely get murdered because itís such aóthat would be such a huge standing thing to do, just that outside of her usual turf and be a thing like that.

But it canít be outside of her mind, I mean, sheís seen for the first time lists of the atrocities that have been committed by various members of the club, because Taraís been building this case with her, sheís showed her evidence and Wendy showed her evidence too of just exactly how egregious her clients have been. I think she may realize for the first time that anything is on the table. I think I just talked myself in circles but thereís a piece ofóI think thereís a difference in terms of the intensity which sheís been experiencing from past seasons. I think past seasons have all been imagined power; and in this season, she may be slowly perceiving her lack of power, because sheís dealing with so many rogue elements that she canít possible control.

B. Hankins: Alright. Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.

R. Weigert: Sure. Thank you.

Moderator: Our next question from the line of Suzanne Lanoue with the TV MegaSite. Please go ahead.

S. Lanoue: Hello. Thank you for taking the call today.

R. Weigert: Thank you.

S. Lanoue: I was wondering if coming into the show where some of these people have been around for such a long time on this show, were they very welcoming of you?

R. Weigert: Oh, God, yes. Itís such a good group. I think the saddest thing about things lurching towards the Season 7 is just that it really has become such a fraternity and sorority, but such a sort of brotherhood over there. Thereís a lot of genuine love, and theyíre very generous with that. I mean, itís built on that over there, so I have felt really embraced and by the whole group of them. Itís really a great set to work on.

S. Lanoue: Oh, thatís nice.

R. Weigert: Yes, yes.

S. Lanoue: I was going to say I read somewhere that a lot of them actually do ride motorcycles for fun, and I was wondering if you had ridden any motorcycles past or present?

R. Weigert: It is so tempting when you live in Los Angeles to want to ride a bike, because you see them just getting away with murder in traffic. You know, everythingís jammed up on the 405 and theyíre just running between lanes. I think itís kind of dangerous, and Iím a little bit maybe at this time too conservative in my approach to life to want to risk it, but that doesnít mean itís out of the question for the future. It looks like so much fun.

S. Lanoue: Now, the guys are going to hear this and say, no, no, youíve got to try it.

R. Weigert: I know, I know, I know.

S. Lanoue: Alright. Thanks a lot.

R. Weigert: Yes. Thank you.

Moderator: Our next question from the line of Alex Yarde with the Your line is open.

A. Yarde: Hello, congratulations on your IFP Gotham Board nomination for Ö.

R. Weigert: Thank you so much.

A. Yarde: Thatís really awesome. Also, I just must say that Iím a big fan of Calamity Jane. I loved that on Deadwood.

R. Weigert: Thank you.

A. Yarde: How would you like to see Allyís role expand this season in light of Taraís like predeal and the whole dealing with the DA ... DA seems very tough? In the salvages of Ally and Taraís professional relationship is it conflict with their friendship, do you think?

R. Weigert: Well, itís interesting that it is a professional relationship and yet the stakes have become personal. I donít know that theyíre exactly friends. I mean, I think as I begin to realize how much is being concealed from me, elements of trust are being savaged in the process, so the capacity to represent her well is being challenged and I think if thereís one thing I want to be itís a good lawyer.

A. Yarde: Yes.

R. Weigert: I want to be able to do well by my client in whatever that would require. You know?

A. Yarde: Sure.

R. Weigert: I think thatís the thing that more and more on the line as we move forward. Where would I like to see it go? Whatís the question?

A. Yarde: Yes. How would you like to see her role expand or move on as Tara in light of her deal and it looks like sheís wrecking the deal almost?

R. Weigert: Yes. This is something that there are one or two roads that we either have to get on the same page or Iíve got to get out. Weíve either got to get on the same page or Iíve got to get out. I think thatís clearly whatís going through my mind at this point. I cannot be at odds with my client and still do well by her. I canít be kept in the dark and still do well by her. You know, we have to join forces.

Youíre also starting to see in Tara a kind of wildness, I think, because as much as sheís working to save those kids, thereís just no way she doesnít also love her husband, no matter how much of a defense she has up against him.

A. Yarde: Absolutely.

R. Weigert: This is just so deep, season after season, youíve seen it and it just doesnít get washed away. Sheís really plunging into the territory of unbelievably painful ambivalence right now and youíre watching it. I think Maggieís work this season is so tremendous, and you can really feel how fragmented sheís becoming inside. I think that I as her lawyer am registering how extreme itís getting for her, as well, you know. Thereís just to a lot to weigh, a lot to measure in terms of what are the best steps to take on forward.

A. Yarde: Okay. Thank you very much for answering my question.

R. Weigert: Yes, yes.

Moderator: Our next question from the line of Earl Dittman with Digital Journal. Please go ahead.

E. Dittman: Hello, Robin. How are you today?

R. Weigert: Iím very well. Thank you.

E. Dittman: Great. I have to say this seasonís been fantastic for all you and especially you, youíve been wonderful. I guess when you first got the role did you actually do research and talk to lawyers? Especially lawyers who deal with fringe element of the law likes of the anarchy or the mob and stuff like that?

R. Weigert: No. You know what was really cool that it was just sort of offered up to me that thereís a member of the cast who actually was a Hellís Angel and was talking about how incredibly intense and important his relationship with his lawyer was to me when I was on set. That was actually a very useful conversation that was just sort of a gift.

You can read all you want to, but books are pretty dry and fictional accounts tend to be over dramatized. I found out when I was researching Jane as well itís like people had agendas with her, Calamity Jane, and it was very hard to glean anything from what I read and only when I was able to talk to Jane Alexander about her, who had interviewed some people who actually knew her because she was young enough when she played her that there was some people still living that had done things like ... for Calamity Jane so that was a similar thing here where a first hand account felt like I just got so much more out of it. Heís a real tough guy and a huge-hearted guy as well and just feeling the way he worked that out through his lawyer was an important piece.

E. Dittman: Did you build a back-story for your own self? We donít get to see a lot of it in the show, but did you build her a back-story?

R. Weigert: Yes. This is one thing that if I could ever plant a seed with our wonderful showrunner, it would be this thought; I think her life has been about her work. I think sheís one of those girls and women who just works so hard, studied so hard, and became a very high achiever and sort of that thereís been a bit of a disconnect that she hasnít givenósheís so much about controlling that she hasnít given herself free rein to express her more passionate side, you know, so I just donít even see her in a relationship at all. Itís almost like sheís married to her work.

I think it would be interesting if something happened to upend that where she was suddenly caught not being able to be in the driverís seat because of a set of feelings that she hadnít chosen. That, to me, would be sort of like a great next step for the character, if she continues on into next season. Iíd be very interested in that.

E. Dittman: Moments ago, you mentioned Kurt; I mentioned to Maggie and to Katie that Kurt writes some really incredible roles for women, especially in a testosterone-fueled show like Sons of Anarchy.

R. Weigert: Sure.

E. Dittman: Incredibly deep, passionate roles. Is that one of the things you like about doing it oróa lot of shows arenít like that.

R. Weigert: Hereís the thing, when youóagain, I donít mean to keep drawing comparisons to Deadwood, but, obviously, Kurt had an affection for that show as well because he keeps cycling different members out of that cast ... but there is something about how women emerge against a backdrop of violence and roughness like this. How what women have innately sort of pops, has focus in an atmosphere thatís so sort of scary and male dominated. You really see what metal theyíre made of, and theyíre really put to the test and challenged.

I, actually, kind of like playing a female character in what youíre calling a very Ďtestosteroneyí show. I like that because the imperative to sort of define what you are against that backdrop makes interesting colors come forth.

E. Dittman: Thatís wonderful. Yes.

R. Weigert: Yes, yes.

E. Dittman: Well, I appreciate it. Hopefully, we do plant a seed. Maybe Kurt will do something for Ally next season; if not this season, next season.

R. Weigert: Who knows, who knows? I mean itís all so true that Iím increasingly getting myself into trouble this season, I as the character, so itís a question like how on earth would I continue to be able to ... the club, so weíll see.

E. Dittman: I appreciate it. Thank you so much.

R. Weigert: Yes. Thank you. Yes.

Moderator: We have a question from Hillary Atkin with The Atkin Report. Please go ahead.

H. Atkin: Hello, Robin.

R. Weigert: Hello.

H. Atkin: Hello. You know, I really resonated with what you said about your role being compared to a mob lawyer, because I actually rank SOA right up there with the Sopranos. I wonder more about Allyís back-story, how she came into the family, so to speak, what other clients sheís dealing with, and court victories or legal victories that sheís most proud of.

R. Weigert: Yes. I think she sort of loves working the clay of the law; and if thatís your passion, than a certain amount of moral relativism comes into play because youíre seeing what you can make happen and that becomes your interest more than sort of like the literal right and wrongness of everything. Thatís what makes me feel like sheís someone whoís gotten way up into her head and has almost by degrees lost touch with her viscera, you know, her visceral self, because sheís excellent at what she does. Sheís almost at a certain point had to made sport out of it, which is I think the compromise of certain lawyers make.

Itís like being really, really good at a certain kind of board game or excellent at poker or something like that where you just get good at it and you lose sight of the bigger picture sometimes. This is a season where sheís being thrust into a relationship to herself that sheís probably not that familiar with over the long-term of having to really decide where she stands as a human, so I think itís kind of cracking her open slowly. I think itís why there are little peeks of more emotion showing from the character. You know, I can only imagine.

My brotherís a lawyer, not in this kind of high-stakes game, but heís a lawyer for the Environmental Defense Sector of The Department of Justice. Heís had a couple of cases even there where he got very caught up, because, you know, heís dealing with environmental pollutants and things like that, but there was a case where they were pursuing some stuff in Providence where it was a pretty mob-heavy situation. He was afraid to ask certain people to take the stand because he knows thereís consequences for them, and he really had to weigh what thatíd be like so thatís a little firsthand taste of that.

I mean, as soon as the human stakes get really high, I think youíre very much put to the test. Itís not for the faint of heart, this kind of work. My God. I can only imagine.

H. Atkin: I know this isnít in the script, but does she have other clients that sheís juggling?

R. Weigert: Yes. I kind of lovedóit was fun to sort of play a little bit of that with the thought of like I sort ofóIím forgetting which scene it was ... Kurtís really dealt with Tara, and Iíll be in court all day and I was on my cell phone dealing with what was clearly other business, the idea that this is just one case of many is an interesting piece to play. I mean the stakes exist for her elsewhere in her life as well; and on any given day, this is going to be priority one or priority seven depending on whatís really coming to head where. Thatís beenónot that I have a ton of scenes to play that out, but I always look for opportunities to sort of paint in that outside life as well. Yes.

H. Atkin: Thank you.

Moderator: Our next question from the line of Bruce Eisen from Here is TV. Please, go ahead.

B. Eisen: Hello, Robin. A quick question for you; when youíre not working Iím wondering what TV shows you like to watch.

R. Weigert: What shows do I like to watch?

B. Eisen: Yes.

R. Weigert: Oh, God. I sort of binge watch or jag watch things, so Iíll pick up and watch a season of something. I canít help but be hooked this season by American Horror Story. Part of it is I just have so many friends who are actors who get to do sort of deliciously wicked things on that show. I mean sometimes itís beyond my ability to tolerate the gore or the violence or something, but itís mostly just kind of, especially this season, itís sort of the deliciousness to it all, which is always fun. God, I love watching Jessica Lange in that.

Iíve gotten, like everybody else whoís an actor, and I got really into Mad Men at one point. I think thatís where I first saw Maggie on TV being really great was in that role she had on that show. Iím looking for places where thereís really a high level of acting going on, I guess.

One show I regret not having tuned in on from the beginning because I feel like I canít watch it now until I go all the way back is Homeland. I feel like I missed the boat on that. I shouldíve started watching it long, long ago, so I think Iíd be utterly lost now. I understand itís a very complicated plot, but there are some great people on that, too.

I think thereís just some really good TV. I think TV is an amazing medium right now. Thereís just so much good stuff going on. Itís not at all what it used to be. Itís suchĖsome of the best people are working in TV as writers and as actors, and itís just an exciting place to be right now. Yes.

B. Eisen: Thank you. I appreciate it.

R. Weigert: I could go on, but yes. I could go on.

Moderator: Our next question will be from the line of Alex Yarde with Please go ahead.

A. Yarde: Hello. I was interested in when you had spoke about the back-story and how driven that Ally had been with her career, and I was wondering if you think that that flavors her concern? I know that Taraís her client, but you know there are children involved and maybe, as you said, if she doesnít have children of her own, maybe she feels protective of Tara and her kids because ...

R. Weigert: Absolutely.

A. Yarde: Yes. I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about that.

R. Weigert: Yes. This is where I really feel like the character is being put to the test because I think up until now in other cases Iíve represented, Iíve been able to stay cleanly on the side of just being there as a representative. Here as Iíve peered into sort of the hell of what these kids have facing them, if they donít get cleared of this club, itís starting to be a cause. Itís starting to be a real cause for me, and itís sort of impossible to not get caught up and engaged.

I appreciate every little beat thatís outside the chief functional storyline that allows me to fill that in. Even if the moment of passing by one of the kids at a table and smiling at them and touching them for a second, you know, it just shows that my heart is starting to get wrapped around those children. Thereís no way it doesnít have personal .... Also having witnessed, really right at the beginning of this season, Tara is so dismantled in prison and sort of helpless right at the beginning soó

A. Yarde: Yes.

R. Weigert: I think that charged the character up, too. I mean thereís a real difference between what its like to see her behind bars and what itís been like to see Gemma in danger and so on, she just hasnít felt like she has had the teeth for it. She comes from such a different world. Even though weíve been watching Tara in some ways, you know, become more like Gemma, itís also quite clear that sheís more sensitive and sheís more apt to get crushed than to sort of become the she monster ....

A. Yarde: The hard edge. Yes.

R. Weigert: Yes, yes, yes. I think thereís no way that I ... defend her. Iím not picking up on some of that and getting sort of engaged also as her champion and rescue her even or some of those feelings. I think itís become very complex, and thereís a certain point, too, at which when a lawyer recognizes, the same as a shrink recognizes, that theyíre getting over invested.

A. Yarde: Yes.

R. Weigert: Where they have to weigh whether itísó

A. Yarde: Thatís a danger. Yes.

R. Weigert: óto the detriment of the client, you know? There are all those things in play sub-textually. Yes.

A. Yarde: Thatís great. Just a quick follow-up, when you were talking about also, I was very interested in when you were talking about how women like in the example of Calamity Jane or in Ally, Gemma, and Taraís roles within Sons of Anarchy about the womanóthe fellowship with the women that they have to kind of band together and itís a very kind of male-dominated arena and that they will have to find ways, either behind the scenes or to kind of have these alliances, and how that kind of playsóand it really makes these wonderful, rich female characters within this male-driven show.

R. Weigert: If you look at Padilla and then you look at Gemma, and you look at Nero; heís in the female role. You know, I mean traditionally. Heís the one bringing out the soft and loving side of her, and he is having a profound affect on her, no doubt, but sheís a warrior.

A. Yarde: Yes.

R. Weigert: Sheís a warrior. Heís a feeler and heís a lover. Heís a gentle man caught in a rough life. I think thereís some really interesting role reversal there. Typically, it would beóI mean Gemmaís such a fantastic character. Typically, the dynamic that exists between them with the locus of love being in the female character sort of softening the male character whose living ... thatís typically the way thatís set up in these shows and this is exactly the opposite. God, I think Jim is such an amazing ....

A. Yarde: Yes. Heís fantastic. Yes, heís always been brilliant. I mean, yes.

R. Weigert: He just brings so muchóI mean it just breaks my heart when I watch him in this because heís so caught, heís so caught, and every turn you feel what he wishes his life could be versus what his life is. Itís just beautiful. Anyway, though, thatís sort of a sidebar. In other words, I donít think Gemma is like any other female character Iíve seen on TV because youíre not looking to her to break. You donít think that sheís about to get broken. Sheís toughó

A. Yarde: No.

R. Weigert: óto the point where she isnít breaking anywhere. You just wonder what her next move is going to be. Usually, youíre thinking that about a male character, not a female one.

A. Yarde: Yes. Absolutely. Thank you very much.

R. Weigert: Yes, yes.

Moderator: (Instructions given.) Weíll go next to Earl Dittman with Digital Journal. Please go ahead.

E. Dittman: Hello, Robin. Itís me again. You know Kurt has said that a lot of the writing he does is based on the actresses he hires. Theyíre the muses for their character in a way. So it begs a question, how much are you like Ally or are you totally polar opposites?

R. Weigert: Thatís a good question. I have really, really contradictory sides to me; so if somebody chose to draw on one side, theyíd get a completely different character than if they drew on another. Maybe thatís why Iím interested I having there be somebody who puts Ally in to real conflict with herself, as well, because that would actually be true to me than the either/or of it. You can probably hear in my wordiness, as I mention these questions, Iím fairly free role, but Iím also apt to be swept up by a tide of emotion, too. Iím sort of extreme in both ways. Just to say, Iím very much a feeler and Iím very much a thinker and so far whatís been drawn on for this character is in her mind, her logic, reason, and her mind have been very much at the helm, so, again, Iím curious to what sheís like when that gets exploded somewhat ....

E. Dittman: Well, you mentioned television shows, and a quick aside; youíve been on some of my favorites of all time Deadwood Life, which is one of my favorites of all time. You have a great resume, and of course youíre still doing this and I did see Full Circle. You have a film coming up called God Behaving Badly?

R. Weigert: Yes. Thatís the tiniest role Iíve played in my entire career, but I do exist in that.

E. Dittman: What else do you have coming up? What are you looking foró

R. Weigert: ... a tree. A talking tree. Literally.

E. Dittman: Is there a role youíre still looking to do. Have you found your role?

R. Weigert: This part Iíve just played in this movie, Concussion, was a major step for me because it was about 140 scenes to play of a movie, and I really was a very thorough, character study piece and that was a wonderful departure and it was really, really interesting.

E. Dittman: With it still available everywhere, Netflix, you can still see it.

R. Weigert: Yes, yes. Itís downloadable everywhere ... too, you know.

E. Dittman: Yes.

R. Weigert: Right now Iím doing a role in movie called Pawn Sacrifice, which is about Bobby Fischer, and I play Regina Fischer, his mother. This is more in keeping with some of the roles Iíve played in the past in the sense itís a really interesting character part, a departure for me from who I appear to be. Sheís a Brooklyn leftie, a communist, you know. Her life spans 1952 to 1972 in the film, so itís period peace. Itís just sort of delicious fun, and I love this kind of stuff.

Itís funny Iím at a bit of a transition point because it used to be that my favorite, favorite, favorite thingóand Deadwood was an example of it was to totally vanish from view and just become somebody totally unrecognizable, and Iím still in love with that. Iím still in love with sort of disappearing into a role, but Iím ever more interested in the reveal aspect of it, as well, kind of like letting private colors and emotions and feelings and textures of subtler things just sort of shine through and let the audience track you.

E. Dittman: Moments ago, you did mentioned Concussion, and I did seeóI loved it. How is it different working with Maggie on that, as opposed toódo you change your whole attitude? What is kind of the process?

R. Weigert: Well, I mean it was an utterly different backdrop because it was sort of all women over there and itís sort of all men on Sons, and it just creates a different vibe. You know, it was a great thing to be able to work with her in a different context and also on two such different characters, you know, weíre both these sort of in some sense bored or frustrated suburban housewives in that, and she ends up hiring me as a prostitute.

E. Dittman: It I was fantastic. It is fantastic.

R. Weigert: It was crazy, but yes, itís just a joy to work with a good actor. What can I say? Itís like sheís very available. Sheís veryóone of the openers were free and that was a really good experience.

E. Dittman: Thank you so much. Again, keep up the great work. You have a knack for choosing fantastic roles.

R. Weigert: Thank you so much.

E. Dittman: Thanks a lot, Robin.

R. Weigert: Okay.

Moderator: Iíll turn it back to Stephanie Kelly. Thank you. We have no other questions, so Iíll turn it back to Stephanie Kelly.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I guess this will conclude our teleconference for today. Thank you for your participation and for using AT&Tís Executive TeleConference Service. You may now disconnect. Thank you.

S. Kelly: Thanks so much, everyone, and thanks to Robin, especially, for participating. Sons of Anarchy airs Tuesdays at 10 on FX.

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