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She Performed Skyler on “Breaking Dangerous.” See Anna Gunn Now at 53.

In 2008, one of the celebrated TV reveals of all time premiered. Breaking Dangerous, starring Bryan Cranston as a highschool science trainer who turns into a ruthless meth vendor, has to date launched two different initiatives: the sequel film, El Camino, which follows Walter White’s student-turned-accomplice Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) by way of the times after the collection finale, and Higher Name Saul, a prequel collection in regards to the origins of Walter’s unscrupulous lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). However whereas many Breaking Dangerous characters have proven up once more within the present’s universe, Walter’s spouse, Skyler White, performed by Anna Gunn, is not one in every of them—but. The actor acquired heaps of acclaim, together with two Emmy wins, for her efficiency, but Skyler herself had a substantial quantity of haters. Learn on to search out out what the actor has been doing since enjoying the divisive function.

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Anna Gunn in 2005
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Gunn bought her onscreen begin in 1992, with an episode of Quantum Leap and a TV film known as Indecency. From that time on, she started exhibiting up in a number of standard reveals, together with SeinfeldNYPD BlueChicago HopeER, and Six Toes Beneath, in addition to showing in movies, together with Enemy of the State, and offering voices for online game characters. Her largest pre-Breaking Dangerous function was enjoying Martha Bullock, the spouse of Timothy Olyphant’s Seth, within the critically celebrated HBO collection, Deadwood.

Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn in 2008
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After Breaking Dangerous, Gunn appeared in episodes of The Mindy MissionPrison Minds, and Prodigal Son. She starred within the American adaptation of the British collection Broadchurch, retitled Gracepoint, taking on the function initially performed by Olivia Colman. The present solely lasted for a season, nevertheless. Gunn was a recurring character in Season 2 of the Jennifer Lopez police drama, Shades of Blue, and took on films together with Sully, Being Frank, and The Land of Desires. Gunn is a theater actor too, and most just lately carried out in a 2019 West Finish manufacturing of Tennessee Williams’ The Night time of the Iguana.

Although she hasn’t reprised Skyler White simply but, Gunn did return to the function of Martha Bullock for the Deadwood film in 2019, a chance that she certainly appreciated on condition that the unique run was lower quick when the present was canceled.

“The creator, David Milch, wished Deadwood to be a sluggish burn,” she instructed The New York Instances in 2014. “And sadly, we did not have sufficient time to let that story actually come to fruition. I used to be the one character within the present who was fairly Victorian and correct and buttoned up. And I by no means bought to say any of these actually enjoyable swear phrases. I used to be so disillusioned!”

Anna Gunn in 2019
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The Breaking Dangerous star has been married as soon as, to Scottish actor Alastair Neil Duncan, from 1990 to 2009. The couple share two daughters, Eila Rose (15) and Emma (21). Gunn retains her private life non-public, together with eschewing any social media accounts. However, you’ll be able to often spot her children together with her at occasions.

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Anna Gunn on Prodigal Son in 2021
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Gunn has spoken out a number of occasions through the years in regards to the gendered hate that Skyler—and by proxy, Gunn herself—acquired. In 2013, when the present was nonetheless on the air, she wrote a chunk for The New York Instances titled, “I Have a Character Situation.” Whereas enjoying Skyler had “been one of the rewarding inventive journeys [she’s] launched into as an actor,” Gunn wrote, she quickly realized that the character was “a flash level for many individuals’s emotions about sturdy, non-submissive, ill-treated girls.” The actor reported that she had acquired demise threats and in contrast the response to her character to the hate that additionally focused characters like Mad Males‘s Betty Draper (January Jones) and The Sopranos’ Carmela (Edie Falco).

In a 2019 interview with the London Night Customary, Gunn defined that she felt “compelled to say one thing, not essentially for [herself], however for [her] daughters and different girls.”

“I really feel like I got here to grasp what it was, which was simply the undercurrent of utmost sexism. The concept of gender roles being so deeply ingrained—it was surprising to me,” she stated. “The vehemence of it, and the truth that it was simply allowed—it was the id gone wild.”

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