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Published on July 6th, 2012 | by Ernie Estrella


Exclusive ‘Breaking Bad’ Interview: Betsy Brandt Talks Season 5 & The Difficulties Of Rooting For Walter White

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Does everyone step it up a notch to fill the hole of Giancarlo Esposito?

BB: I so miss having him around as the actor. But I feel like his presence is still there. In the scripts and what we’ve shot–it doesn’t feel like a hole. He was such a presence in the story; he’s still lingering.

Audiences are often left to make their own conclusions and draw our own opinions of these characters. Can you speak to that rare quality that Breaking Bad offers viewers? And will this be a new standard for you as you prepare to look for new roles after the show ends?

BB: It’s hard not to, because I’m totally spoiled. I like that none of these people are perfect–none of them. To me that makes it more interesting and real. I felt that right away. I told Vince, there has to be that one difficult person in the family. It’s just not realistic to have a family not have that. They all can’t be great and love to hang out together. I said that I’m happy to be the difficult one because let me tell you it’s so much fun to play Marie especially with all of her quirkiness, how she can be so narcissistic, and such a pain in the ass. But they all have their faults and their moments. Granted I’m in a different position, I’m closer to living it because I’m playing it, but I love them all despite their problems. We get to see their good and their bad sides. That’s my favorite thing about watching the show.

The show uses color in so many creative ways and each character has his or her palette. They introduced yellow to you after years of nothing but purple, is there a new color introduced to your wardrobe?

BB: I’m starting to wear some black, but the purple will never go away. Marie would probably be buried in purple. That’s probably written in her will. She’ll still carry the yellow in her clothes too but she’s also wearing black now.

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While people try and think about the symbolism of wearing black, allow me to ask if we get to see Marie and Hank rekindle the passion between them this season, I ask that because they were so emotionally distant in Season 4 and–

BB: What, a sex scene? Is that what you’re asking, are you asking for a Marie sex scene?

[Laughs] Yes I am, actually! Absolutely, because even with their difficulties, Skyler and Walt managed to have a few moments of passion despite whatever tension was shared between them.

BB: Ohhh right. Yeah, there’s some great stuff between Hank and Marie, but not so much the sex in this batch of eight (episodes), but maybe the next set. I’ll have to bug Vince to give me some sexy stuff with Dean Norris.

What will you walk away with as an actor after the Breaking Bad ends?

BB: Even though my character can be a lot bigger than other characters I’ve played on TV, or even on stage, being on the show has made me a more honest actor. I know I’m walking away with that.

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Is there anything from Season 5 that’s could be interpreted as unexpected or catch viewers off guard?

BB: I don’t know if this is unexpected, but I feel like this is the most honest thing I can say. After the Season 4 finale, I thought, seriously how are they going to top that? I read the script for the first episode of Season 5 and I was beside myself and it’s fantastic. They’ll come out and surprise you again later in the season too. Don’t ask me how they come up with this; I have no idea how they do it. It blows me away constantly.

Breaking Bad returns with the first of eight new episodes on Sunday, July 15 on AMC at 10/9C. After the summer, the show breaks for the fall and returns with the final eight episodes in early 2013.

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