This fall, you will be seeing a new face on the critically acclaimed FX show Sons Of Anarchy. Kristen Renton co-stars this season as “Ima,” a no-nonsense porn star who is befriended by the gang. Below, Kristen talks more about her character, what to expect, and more.
Had you seen season one of Sons Of Anarchy prior to getting the role?
You know what, I had set my TiVo to record and then it broke, so I never got to see it then. I did see it when the Emmy screeners were sent out for voting and they are playing re-runs but I am going to buy the Season 1 DVD.
What was the audition process like?
It was actually fairly quick. I went in during the morning, had my callback that afternoon, and found out that I got it the following day!
Did you know that the role would be of Ima, a stripper?
Well, she's actually a porn star. She's quite the diva. When I went in for the audition, it was implied that there was something going on with this character but I did not know to what extent of what this character would become.
What about Ima attracted you to the role?
I love any role that allows me to really step outside my comfort zone. It's a lot of fun, it allows you to live a lifestyle that in the real world, I would never do. Ima has this raw sexuality that I really enjoy playing. I went from playing a goody two shoes if you will on Days of Our Lives to the total opposite. It's a lot of fun.
What are you looking forward to seeing for your character, Ima?
I love what they have given me so far. I had my first sex scene for this role. I would like to see Ima stick around for a bit and explore the tug of war with Johnny's character and his character's girlfriend.
What was your approach to getting into character?
I worked out a lot! Just going in there and having fun with it was what I did. She is a free spirit and doesn't apologize for who she is. She loves what she does and has that take it or leave it attitude. It was a lot of fun to do.
Who are you working with the most?
I have been working with Charlie Hunnam the most. My character has taking a liking to his character. His character already has a girlfriend but Ima will not let that stop her. I've also worked with a few others, including Mark Boone Junior and Johnny Lewis. Johnny & I did a show 8/9 years ago on MTV so it has been great to work with him again.
You mentioned earlier Days of Our Lives, so tell me about some of your favorite memories working on that show.
You can get away with story lines in daytime that don't necessarily translate in prime time. For example, people coming back from the dead. Also, the pace is so quick and I got to work with so many great people over a very short period of time. It was a lot of fun to challenge myself with the pace and go to emotional places that I had not ventured into.
Aside from Sons of Anarchy, do you have any other projects you are working on?
Right now, I am doing a lot of writing with my sister for different projects. I am also focusing on a lot of charity work.
Season 2 of Sons of Anarchy premieres on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 10PM on FX.