Me: Personally, I think that’s
brilliant. I would buy it! Maybe you
could launch a celebrity line of
Kurt: Maybe! Who knows what
this life will bring?
Me: Who takes care of Jammy
when you travel?
Kurt: Usually my girlfriend.
Me: And hearts break throughout the cat world ...
Kurt: (Laughs) We’ve been
together for about six years. But
when she travels with me, a friend
comes over and feeds Jammy.
Correction: She overfeeds him. He’s
always a little heavier when I come
home because she brings him lots
of treats. So then I’m the bad guy
because I make him work it off.
(Jammy descends from the tower to
see if Kurt has treats.)
Me: What was it like working
with the SOA crew? Are they ani-
Kurt: Oh, yeah. Ron Perlman
has a Jack Russell puppy he would
usually have on set with him. I think
Charlie Hunnam has a couple of
cats. Chris Reed has two Pugs — I
believe their names were Little
Foot and Big Foot — and one or
two cats. Theo Rossi actively works
to protect street dogs and has several of his own.
Me: How does Jammy fit the
biker persona? And why is it that a
lot of bikers are clearly such animal
Kurt: I think cats are super independent and tell you when they
want attention. And their love is
conditional. Bikers, and people with
that type of hard-to-love personality, we value mutual respect. Cats
are the same way — they don’t
need you, they choose you. I think
that’s important to our personalities. Animals are loving and sweet,
and they make you feel more
responsible for taking care of other
... not weak, but maybe things that
are not as strong. (Jammy watches
Kurt from the floor, as if saying he
is much stronger than Kurt.) Come
here, Little Buddy. (Jammy jumps to
his lap, purring affectionately.)
Me: What would be the perfect
role for you?
Kurt: I would really love to play
a character like Don Draper (Mad
Men). You know, someone smart,
capable, quick; a person who gets
it — all of it — and yet is so self-
destructive, you just can’t help
watch his downward spiral. I just
want to watch the downfall and in
that character, open up the possibil-
ity of what could happen if every-
thing else came into place — like, if
all they had to do was get a cat.
Me: Yes, cats are very good
for healing the soul. Beyond Greg
the Peg in season five on Sons of
Anarchy, you’re also known for
roles in NCIS and Dolphin Tale,
as well as many shorts and other
independents. What’s coming up in
2015 and beyond?
Kurt: I have some really fun
projects I’m waiting to be green-lighted. I can’t talk much about
them, but I can say I might be heading to the U.K. for production soon.
I also have some writing projects
I’m working on, and I’m Creative
Producer on some smaller projects.
I’m also producing a docuseries on
traveling by motorcycle — sort of a
look at some of the most beautiful
and exclusive places you can travel
to by bike. I’m excited about the
products coming up. I always want
to accomplish more in life.
Stacy Mantle is an award-winning writer, founder of the
popular website petsweekly.com,
and best-selling author of the
Shepherd series. When she’s not
writing, she can be found assisting with TNR
rescue missions or volunteering at rescue
events. She currently resides in the deserts of
the Southwest with several cats, a few dogs,
and a very understanding husband. Visit her
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See Kurt in the upcoming Cinemax
Vietnam-era drama Quarry. Follow Kurt
and Jammy on his Facebook page,
Twitter at @kurtyaeger, and his website