It was past bedtime, but your parents wanted you to join them to watch 24. While everyone was on the watch for Jack Bauer, your eyes couldn't wait to be glued to his girlfriend, Kate Warner, who sizzled your screen. Thanks to search engines, life has been easier to find out who portrayed her. Although you may remember her as Warner, her name is Sarah Wynter.

Now, she currently stars in Goliath alongside Golden Globe winner Billy Bob Thornton. Apart from acting, she is an anti-gun activist. Wynter and I chat about the TV show, how motherhood drives her to pursue thrillers and why gun safety matters.


So glad to see you on Goliath! How do you relate to your character?

Well, I certainly cannot relate directly to the tragedy of her widowhood, but I can empathize with her being a single mother seeking to safeguard the future for her child. It is every mother's primary concern, and it is of course heightened and intensified when, as in the case of my character, she finds herself suddenly alone and hit by the sudden loss of her husband. Trying to capture her fear, determination and skepticism of outsiders was my primary challenge.

You said that Goliath uses the Biblical story as a metaphor for the law system. Where does your character see herself in this situation?

She was neither of the principles in the Biblical metaphor, but she was undoubtedly an unaided participant in that struggle. She had no idea whom to trust and that exacerbated her vulnerability to all the larger forces at play.

Amazon has been gaining recent buzz for streaming TV shows (e.g. Transparent and Crisis in Six Scenes). Since you mentioned that it has given you more time and less deadlines, what other perks have you gained?

No real perks have accrued to me. What it has provided me was a rich experience and lots of wonderful memories from working with such a first rate collection of professionals throughout the production process.

Goliath reminds me of 24, which you are well-known for. Why are you drawn to thrillers?

Perhaps because my personal life is consumed by the mundane, diurnal demands of motherhood I've been forced to do all my thrill seeking on the screen. But, it has been fun!

You are originally from Newcastle, Australia, and you currently live in New York, where you moved out to study drama at 17-years-old. What was it like for you when you first moved there?

I was not exactly the caricature tourist from Iowa walking around staring up at all the skyscrapers, but I was not too far off from that. It was at once exciting, terrifying, exhilarating, disorienting and ultimately the fulfillment of a dream. I had come not intending to make America my home, but more than 25 years later, I'm a proud American citizen with three American sons. I should add that they are Australian citizens as well!

Were there any obstacles you encountered along the way that you overcame?

The obstacles I encountered were no worse than any other young person's venturing out into the world. What I did encounter was an endless stream of people willing to help a young actor who was eager and willing to work hard to pursue my ambitions.

Apart from being an actress, you are an advocate for gun control. How did that become a cause that you want to prioritize?

After the horrific tragedy of Sandy Hook, I was made aware of a fledgling organization called Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The more I learned, the more I realized I had a passion for and commitment to its mission. That mission is not, in fact, oriented toward gun control but rather gun safety. Stated simply, we seek to promote keeping guns out of the hands of those who should not have them and to support legislation that makes guns safer. It is essentially an apolitical agenda and, without being presumptuous, I find it hard to imagine how the most ardent defender of the Second Amendment could oppose the concept of safety.

For anyone who wants to enter into the acting business and be an activist, what's your advice?

I try to apply a piece of Confucian wisdom to my pursuits: "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life." So other than the usual bromides, I'd simply offer the suggestion to make sure you're committed to what you do and the results will take care of themselves. We are, I believe, responsible for the effort, not the results, as we can only control the former.

You can visit Sarah Wynter over at Instagram.