Zap2it: In the new season of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” premiering Tuesday, Sept. 11, you play Damon Pope, a former drug kingpin whose daughter died at the hands of biker gang member Tig (Kim Coates). What did you think when you first got the role?
Harold Perrineau: I was a little concerned about myself. I was like, “Can I pull it off?” And then I thought about it a little bit more, and I think it’s the thing I pulled off in my life, if I consider my background, and then the person you see here today. There’s not a lot of difference internally between that character and Damon Pope’s character.
Zap2it: Could you explain that a bit more?
Harold Perrineau: My mom passed away a couple of years ago, and one of my cousins said to me, “I’m just so glad you made it. I was really scared that you would die before you ever became a teenager. I just didn’t think you were going to make it.” Not because she actually didn’t think I was tough enough to make it. There were really extreme circumstances, and you have to be able to think creatively, be really smart, be agile, be broken, be strong, all those things. And I think all those things are exactly the same thing that Damon Pope had to, has to, deal with. So it’s just me, an actor, looking for a way into the character that feels real for me. So that’s really all I was talking about.