Charlie Hunnam has a lot to say about his character Jackson “Jax” Teller on the hit FX show, Sons of Anarchy.
In the last season of the show, viewers saw Jax stepping into the role of the president of the outlaw motorcycle club SAMCRO.
In the season 5 finale, Jax sets up a plan that successfully gets rid of Damon Pope, one of the most powerful gangsters from Oakland, and ends up framing his former step-father and SAMCRO president, Clay Morrow, for the murder. In the process, Jax’s wife gets arrested for conspiracy to commit murder of a prison nurse.
Jax has been set up to be a different leader from Clay and has constantly questioned the direction of the club, but viewers have seen him struggle with it. But in season 6, according to Digital Spy, Hunnam revealed that Jax will be, “matured, calmer [and more] thoughtful”.
He comments on how complex the character of Jax is and a certain naivety to moving into the position as a leader. “He hadn’t really anticipated just how difficult it is to rule and to make choices that are going to affect everybody. It’s a tremendous amount of pressure.”
While viewers have seen this new dark side of the character, Hunnam says that it isn’t hard for him to go there with Jax, bringing up his past experiences.
"I spend a lot of my time trying to not go there, because it’s an unhealthy place for me to be, but I come from a very hard area and my father was an incredibly hard, brutal man. I feel very close to the propensity for violence and to go to a dark place. But I’m very fortunate that I got out and don’t have to have that as a currency in my life."
Season 6 will show more of Jax’s struggle as the leader of SAMCRO and a fight to keep his family together and safe.
Sons of Anarchy is set to premiere on September 10.