Zap2it: Has the frequently dark tone of “Sons of Anarchy” caused you to take your portrayal of Jax home with you?
Charlie Hunnam: I think one of the skill sets that I’ve really developed over the course of doing this show with Kurt (Sutter, the series’ creator and executive producer) is trying not taking the work home as much as possible. I am not able to sustain Jax’s life. He’s a better man than I — which is not to say that I don’t go home in a bad mood or a good mood, but it’s usually more to do with how I feel I did that day.
If I’m happy with the work I did, I’ll usually go home with a little bit of a spring in my step. Or if I feel like I totally f***ed it up, I’ll go home completely despondent. But in terms of the actual narrative itself, I’ve no desire to go off into a lighter world. I kind of enjoy working in kind of the heightened world of big drama.
Zap2it: How do you think we find Jax as “Sons of Anarchy” starts to wind down its run in this final season?
Charlie Hunnam: Jax is in a very kind of schizophrenic state, I think. I mean, he’s obviously very, very sad and vulnerable and kind of broken, but there’s a huge amount of vengeance and anger in his heart.
So I think, in a kind of way, all of that processing — at least in the very beginning — is kind of to have a bit of a numbing effect. I think that he knows what he wants to do and that he knows that that’s where all of his energy is going to go, but he can’t get away from the fact that the love of his life has just been taken from him.