Anna Gunn is looking back at some of the vitriolic responses she has received from “Breaking Bad” fans over the years.
The actress, who played Walter White’s wife Skyler on the hit series, wrote an essay for the New York Times back in 2013 about the sexist attitudes toward her character.
Now, in a new interview with Evening Standard, Gunn takes aim at those angry fans once again.
“I feel like I came to understand what it was, which was just the undercurrent of extreme sexism. The idea of gender roles being so deeply ingrained — it was shocking to me,” the 50-year-old said. “But I’m not sorry it happened because it put me out on the other side going, ‘Huh, that’s really interesting.’ And I felt compelled to say something, not necessarily for myself, but for my daughters and other women. The vehemence of it, and the fact that it was just allowed — it was the id gone wild.”
Gunn also shared one example of a particularly angry fan who actually threatened her.
“There was this college student who had just watched an episode where Skyler makes Walt take Walt Jr’s car back, and she was very upset about that. So she tweeted: ‘Can somebody tell me where I can find Anna Gunn so I can kill her?’ Which to me sounds like a death threat. So the police checked it out,” the actress recalled. “And she said, ‘Oh, I just saw the episode, you know.’ And they said, ‘Well, you did use her actual name.’ And she said, ‘Oh, I know but … I guess there’s not free speech.’”