11:13 am - 08/19/2013
Betsy Brandt on Last Night's Breaking Bad
(Spoilers ahead for those who haven't watched Sunday's episode of Breaking Bad yet. Come back after!)
It’s Marie’s turn to feel heartbreak. After being kept in the dark about Walt's crimelord hobby the longest — well, except for Walt Jr. — Marie finally learned the ugly truth about what Skyler and Walt had been hiding in Sunday’s episode of Breaking Bad, and how it nearly cost Hank his life. There was rage, and tears, and, according to Betsy Brandt, one very loud fake slap. Now Marie is dead-set on helping Hank get Walt before the cancer does. Brandt is already busy shooting her next next series, NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show, but during a production break she spoke with Vulture about Marie's heartbreak and why we should probably be worried for Hank.
Man, that episode, we've waited seasons for those moments. At least, I have.
I loved that Marie did all the talking while Skyler’s quietly breaking down.
I loved how they handled that. For me, the question had been, “What will Marie do when she finds out?” Because it’s one of those things you can’t know until you're in it. I couldn't see her turning her back on Skyler, but at the same time, of course that's a deal breaker for her! The fact that Skyler had any part in jeopardizing Hank's life. It’s just so sad! We just did this podcast where we were talking about that moment and [Anna Gunn] and I were both crying! It broke my heart because that's done. That family, that relationship, that "we'll stand together" sisterhood, is gone in that moment. There's no repairing it. Now, when I say there's no turning back, I don't want to say anything about the future, but in that moment it's "You are dead to me."
I'm glad she knows, even though it wrecks her.
Yeah, I was hoping that she would find out. I didn't know what Hank would do after I read last week’s episode. Would he try and protect her and take it all on his own and not tell her? I didn't know how they were gonna handle it.
Hank and Marie have been through a lot together. I think they could take him.
Their marriage is strong. One of my favorite moments was in “One Minute,” where Hank’s gone to the DEA and says he screwed up, and she shows up in the elevator and he breaks down? It’s such a sweet scene and God, I could cry talking about it right now. There are parts in the series that I cannot watch, like where Hank gets shot by the cousins. Before we watched the [final season] premiere, they had this whole recap montage and the part where the axe comes down in the parking lot, right before Hank shoots the cousin? I'd never seen that before. I know he's going to be fine, and I get that it's a TV show, but because I play his wife on TV ... I don’t know, I can't watch it! I remember I told my husband that I feel it, I feel the stress in my body, I feel my blood pressure rise.
Did you actually slap Anna?
I didn't really slap her, which I was really thankful for because then I could really haul back and “do it.” I made no contact. Every actor works differently, and I have to keep things light. Anna likes to stay very focused, even when she's not shooting, and I totally respect her, but it was really hard for me to not do a spit take. Like if I had my way, I'd have slapped her, and then told her to slap me, and then I’d slap her again, and then we’d just make out. At least once. But that day I got the feeling that it wasn't going to happen.
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