Breaking Bad Actress: Scary How Much People Hate Me
Anna Gunn: Some fans apparently can't take strong female characters
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2013 10:28 AM CDT
This image released by AMC shows Anna Gunn as Skyler White in a scene from "Breaking Bad."   (AP Photo/AMC, Ursula Coyote)

(Newser) – Actress Anna Gunn knew from the start that her character of Skyler White on Breaking Bad wasn't going to be as popular as Skyler's meth-making husband, Walter White. But she had no idea that people would loathe her character so much that it would result in real-life death threats. Gunn writes in the New York Times today of her bewilderment as she delved into the flourishing "I Hate Skyler White" world online. (Don't worry, the essay is free of any spoilers.)

Skyler seemingly "has become a flash point for many people’s feelings about strong, nonsubmissive, ill-treated women," writes Gunn. Maybe "they despise her because she won’t back down or give up? Or because she is, in fact, Walter’s equal?" As an actress, Gunn loves the strong role. As a human, she's not thrilled with the hatred. Still, "in the end, I’m glad that this discussion has happened, that it has taken place in public and that it has illuminated some of the dark and murky corners that we often ignore or pretend aren’t still there in our everyday lives." Click to read her full column.

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Aug 27, 2013 1:42 PM CDT
Great show, splendid acting and wonderful writing make "Breaking Bad" a truly unique program. Anna Gunn is just one of the talented cogs in a show chocked-full of exceptional performers. I don't get the idiocy of people who take is so seriously, but the show really does force viewers to put themselves into the shoes of all the people that the Walter White character has corrupted. Ultimately, it is Walter himself that is the evil, driving force behind all of this misery. He has the reverse midas touch in that everything in comes into contact turns from gold to dross. He had a loving wife, family and home environment, but chose to destroy it by empire building in the seamy world of drug dealing. And what of Skyler? What would you do now that all the pieces have begun to fall apart? Do you blame her or hate her for becoming a willingly-reluctant partner in this crime empire? What would you do? Anna Gunn is stunning in her portrayal of Skyler White. If placed in Skyler's shoes, I might do exactly what she has done.
Aug 25, 2013 3:21 AM CDT
Skyler White: a caring wife and mother caught in the middle between right and wrong; between family and FAMILY, calling on all her strength and intelligence to guide her in how she acts and reacts. ANNA GUNN portrays this character so well that she has achieved the greatest complement fans can give her,believing that she IS SKYLER. PLUS!!! THE WRITING IS EXCELLENT.
Aug 25, 2013 1:06 AM CDT
This story got my attention. You're in a public vocation and that isn't what it used to be. Times have changed and not for the better.