by Ted Simmons
Originally published: July 26, 2016
The actress used the fan hate she faced playing Skyler White in 'Breaking Bad' as a platform for her role as an investment banker.
In Equity, Anna Gunn plays Naomi Bishop, an investment banker who dodges and fights against some of the same gender-based discrimination and disadvantages that Gunn herself wrote about in a 2013 essay titled “I Have Character Issues.” As part of a Hollywood Reporter co-hosted panel after a screening of the film at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City, Gunn referenced that piece, the mean-spirited rhetoric she encountered for playing Skyler White on Breaking Bad and the concern that she would attract more for addressing it.
“I thought, ‘You know what, bring it on,' because I had gone through that ring of fire and learned something that was very valuable, which is that I’m going to continue to take it on, and I was lucky enough to get this role and embody this struggle that is very common to so many women.” she said.