Sons of Anarchy's Theo Rossi Breaks Down New, 'Animalistic' Juice: He's 'Gone to a Different Place'
You see, the fun-loving SAMCRO stud of yesteryear is most definitely no more — a fact that should have become abundantly clear in this latest installment of the gritty FX juggernaut. In his place, explains the actor, stands an “animalistic” and “violent” man who is merely “trying so hard to show everybody that he’s here” to be part of this club, by whatever means necessary.
Here, Rossi breaks down Sons of Anarchy‘s Juice-y twist, from what’s causing his alter ego’s transformation to where this change is (very unfortunately) going to take him.
TVLINE | You told me back at the premiere party that I should be scared for Juice, but now I’m actually a little scared of him.
If you think that’s dark, Meg, you’re in trouble. [Laughs]
TVLINE | This week was definitely the start of that more violent side you’ve hinted at.
And I said that before I knew a bunch of other things! So, yeah…
TVLINE | So what we’ve seen so far is really just that violence bubbling on the surface?
What’s so brilliant about our show is that nothing is ever [left] unresolved; we always delay something…and then all of a sudden we lay something else down. The beginning of the season, where Juice had to kill the girl with the pillow – or where he killed the girl, whether he had to or not – was the beginning of a different time for Juice. And what you start to see in this week’s episode is him trying to figure out how he’s going to fit into this [club]. Does he have to become this violent, animalistic-type character? Is that what the club wants from him? Because if it is, he’s going to do that. But his innocence is always going to be there, and you’re going to see this complete battle within him. Episode 6 is just the beginning of how that all starts to play out and the repercussions that [will eventually] come from it. That’s the best way I can say it.
TVLINE | You also told me recently that you think Juice’s fight with Chibs made him snap. That’s mentioned briefly this week, but will we actually see more of that issue come to light?
That beating is a factor, among a couple of other things that have occurred. The Clay thing was also huge for him. Sitting in that house with Gemma [last season] and being the one who planted the gun and got Clay’s fingerprints on stuff – his involvement in that has a huge [impact]… Chibs cared for Juice greatly and then beat him senseless, and what Juice came to realize in that moment was that maybe there’s nobody. Maybe nobody cares. And maybe the only person who did care was Clay. But then I go back to that Juice is super gullible, and he wants to believe that everybody is doing the right thing for him and never questions if they’re using him. What he’s battling here is what he’s been battling since Season 4, which is [trying to find out] where he fits in. The way Episode 6 goes, it’s Juice trying to be this guy. He’s never been this guy. And when Jax tells him to slow down, he thinks, ‘OK, well then what guy do I be?’