'Breaking Bad's' Anna Gunn: Sunday is 'a game-changer'

anna-gunn-breaking-bad-320.jpgIt's almost impossible to get any plot revelations on AMC's critical darling "Breaking Bad," but fans of Anna Gunn, who plays frustrated Skyler White on the series, won't want to miss Sunday's (May 16) episode.

"It's really a game-changer for Skyler, I can tell you that," Gunn tells Zap2it. "She comes up with a plan to help Hank and Marie pay their hospital bills, because she is just devastated watching what has happened to Hank, and she never has seen her sister in that state before, and she's the sort of person who wants to step in and help. That's all I can really say, but I can't wait to hear people's reactions after Sunday."

It's a pivotal moment in a third season that, by wide consensus, is the best yet for the Emmy-winning drama about mild-mannered and cancer-stricken chemistry professor Walter White ( Bryan Cranston), who started cooking crystal meth to raise money to help his family after he died. Unfortunately, he's gotten in over his head with this experience, which simultaneously has empowered and corrupted him.

Cranston has won two back-to-back Emmys in the role, and Gunn is a favorite to pull down a nomination for her shattering work in this season. She was happy, though, to land a change of pace gig in a "Law & Order" episode airing next Monday on NBC.

"It's a character who is the complete polar opposite of Skyler, like one of the Real Housewives of New York or New Jersey," Gunn says. "She's this wife who is being shadowed by a reality show makeover crew, and she wears this hideous outfits -- 'like a prostitute going to a birthday party,' they say. She's just garish and awful, and this reality show does an ambush makeover and bursts through her door and her husband is lying dead in a dog cage on the living room floor.

"For 'Law and Order,' the character is really very kooky and out there, with a lot of humor, and they all kept saying to me, 'This is so great, because we never get to do anything with levity.' I got to go all over the map, playing outrage to running around and trying to stab people to weeping and falling on the floor to everything in between."

The actress was saddened to hear that NBC has canceled the series.

"Oh, that's a shame, but clearly there is a lot of upheaval over there [at NBC]," she says. "They were a really nice group to work with. Talk about a tight family! Some of them had been working together for close to 20 years. It was fun to work with them, especially playing a character so different from Skyler, who is so contained and keeps herself in check."

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