Gillian in the Sunday Times
Posted at 7:55 AM (PDT) on Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Sunday Times, UK
September 10, 2006

I am what I am

GILLIAN ANDERSON

Gillian Anderson, 38, stars in the forthcoming Idi Amin biopic The Last King of Scotland. She lives in north London and is expecting her second child later this year.

*I go through stages when I care about my appearance. Clothes and combed hair arenít a priority, but I always regret it when it ends up in print.

*One of my favourite sayings is, youth is wasted on the young. Itís recognisable to anybody who has spent their life in fear or self-obsession.

*I guess the most surprising thing about me is that Iím silly. Really silly. And I bump into things.

*I donít like chaos, but I have an annoying habit of creating it, so I spend the rest of my time recovering. This looks like peace of mind, but itís an illusion ó itís just exhaustion.

*If you are dishonest, selfish and controlling, you perceive everything as suffering. If you are honest and kind, you see things as opportunities for growth. Failure is a state of mind.

*Sitting still brings up uncomfortable feelings, so distraction ó Sudoku, e-mail, texting ó is my favorite vice.

*Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. Worrying does nothing but waste time and distract you from the important moments right in front of your face.

*Happiness feels better than popularity.

*My biggest simple pleasure is cracking up with my daughter.