May 18, 2022 • Leave a Reply

Katey Sagal is terrifying — but don’t worry, it’s just an act. When we sit down for our Zoom call on a sunny weekday afternoon, the Golden Globe-winning actress exudes the kind of warmth and whip-smart sarcasm that helped her become one of the America’s most beloved sitcom moms. It’s a stark contrast from Harper Dutch, the pathologically twisted country star she embodies in the Blumhouse thriller, “Torn Hearts.”

Sagal’s sprawling career has transcended genre, whether she’s playing a cartoon humanoid (see: “Futurama”) or a deranged therapist (see: “Shameless”). She rarely takes on the same role twice, and it’s part of what led her to a Golden Globe. Above all, the actress has a soft heart for playing characters with an edge, even if she can’t always relate. It’s the one thing, she explains, that gives her an outlet for the grittiest human emotions — and after a decades-spanning career in Hollywood, she’s probably felt a lot of them.

In this exclusive interview with The List, Sagal opens up about Hollywood’s notorious boy’s club, the pain of losing a castmate, and the infamous time she was fired by Bob Dylan. As it turns out, her secret to success is to just keep on going.

Katey Sagal’s advice for women hoping to make it in Hollywood

You have been in almost every section of the entertainment industry — from music, to acting, to voice acting. You’ve ignored casting directors who told you were never going to make it, and you’ve become so successful in what’s notoriously a boys’ club. I want to know if there’s any advice you would give to young women hoping to achieve the same type of success?

I could give my own personal experience, which is don’t give up — don’t! It takes a certain amount of self appreciation to stick with this. I started as a musician, and that was definitely a boys’ club, but I was determined to make a living and make my way. Plus, I had no other skill sets, so it was like, “This better work or I’m screwed.”

I started as a musician, and then acting came as a second thing. But then, I struggled through both of them. It’s like what I tell my kids — my older kids are both in the arts. You have to be part crazy to do this. … And then you have to have that [attitude] — you can’t give up. You have to really know, and you have to be able to handle rejection. You have to do a lot of self-work, so that you realize that you’re not what you do. That you are still viable, even though somebody’s not recognizing you or giving you a job.

The whole boys’ world thing is, I don’t know, it’s opening up a lot. And it’s something we have to deal with, but it’s getting easier and easier. I hope for younger women, it’s going to be not an issue. That’s what I hope.

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