Gillian Anderson: ‘It’s Very Helpful For An Actor to Slightly Fall in Love With the Character You’re Playing’

Gillian Anderson: ‘It’s Very Helpful For An Actor to Slightly Fall in Love With the Character You’re Playing’

Gillian Anderson recently spoke to The Guardian about her career and characters in various shows like The X-Files, Sex Education and The Crown
Gillian Anderson: ‘It’s Very Helpful For An Actor to Slightly Fall in Love With the Character You’re Playing’
Gillian Anderson

FIlm and television actress Gillian Anderson -- who is best known for her portrayal of FBI agent Dana Scully in the long-running series The X-Files -- recently spoke to Rebecca Nicholson of The Guardian, who described her as “a woman of many duelling qualities” and famous but “keenly private.” In the interview, the British-American actress spoke to the journalist about The X-Files, which started airing in 1993 and quickly became a cultural phenomenon, when she was only 25 years old. Gillian mentioned how fans used to get X-Files-inspired tattooes, adding,“It was really early on, actually. I had gone to Australia to do press, and somebody had David Duchovny and me on their buttocks, and were offering to show us.” 

The popular science-fiction drama returned to the television screens after 14 years, in 2016, and Gillian currently also appears in Netflix teen comedy-drama Sex Education, in which she plays a sex therapist. Talking about the latter, she said it had been sometime since she appeared in “something that is so universally watched.” This makes it difficult to maintain clear boundaries between public and private life, the actress revealed. 

Gillian -- who has played  many iconic characters such as Miss Havisham (Great Expectations), Stella Gibson (The Fall), Lady Dedlock (Bleak House) and Blanche DuBois (A Streetcar Named Desire) -- will be appearing as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, a historical drama based on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Speaking about Margaret, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, she said she found the British stateswoman “absolutely fascinating” and added, “To a certain degree, it’s very helpful for an actor, at least in my experience, to slightly fall in love with the character you’re playing, regardless of what your opinion might be of them, if it’s a historical character, particularly. So I have.”

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