May 18, 1995
REGIS: Gillian, Gillian, Gillian, this is your very first interview?
GILLIAN: (a little embarrassed) Yeeaahh, my first talk show...
REGIS: Are you nervous?
GILLIAN: Yes, I am.
KATHIE LEE: All you gotta do is talk...
REGIS: All ya gotta do is keep talking...
GILLIAN: I know...
REGIS: I hate being a guest - it's a lot of burden, responsibility...
Gillian looks confused
REGIS: You do understand that, don't you?
GILLIAN: (laughing) Yes, I do!
KATHIE LEE: Well, as an actress you feel secure with other peoples words, but here you're Gillian...
GILLIAN: Yeah, exactly.
KATHIE LEE: But you're an interesting young woman...I've been reading how your last unemployment check was about to come?
GILLIAN: Yes...I got my last check the day that I got the pilot.
KATHIE LEE: After a year of going out to 2-3 auditions a day....
GILLIAN: Well, that was an exaggeration when it came out in print...but I was going to a lot of auditions.
KATHIE LEE: Had you set a limit for yourself - like "I'm either gonna get some work or I'm gonna go home."?
GILLIAN: (doesn't know how to answer) Um...no.
REGIS: What we need here are long, lengthy stories...one word not allowed....NO, because...
GILLIAN: (laughing) No, I hadn't. I knew this was something I wanted to do...I knew that after this year I would go back to waitressing, and I wouldn't necessarily give up acting...
REGIS: What were you like in high school?
GILLIAN: Really? (not wanting to answer) (heavy *sigh*)
KATHIE LEE: Were you the cheerleader type?
REGIS: Were you the Miss Goody Two-Shoes....were you the punk rocker?
GILLIAN: I was (stammering)...do you (to Regis) have an opinion of punk rockers? (laughing) I was a bad girl.
Regis looks shocked
KATHIE LEE: No!
GILLIAN: Yes, I was... I was in the principal's office every other day.
KATHIE LEE: For what?!
Kathie Lee interrupts: Which she won't do here...(Gillian laughs)
GILLIAN: ...stealing papers, throwing paper airplanes...
REGIS: Did you have any funny facial ornaments...?
GILLIAN: Well, I had a nose ring on the left side for a while...
KATHIE LEE: Does that heal up...?
GILLIAN: I think so...It's now covered by a scratch from my daughter...
REGIS: Well, things heal and you outgrow them and here you are, a lovely young star of a top rated television show.
REGIS: Gillian Anderson is with us, star of the show X-Files. Incidentally, this was not only good for your career but turned out to be a rather big personal coup as well...?
GILLIAN: Well, yes that it's actually a prerequisite to a show, you sign a contract and you get a husband and baby as well. *smile*
REGIS: What was he doing on the show?
GILLIAN: He was an art director...he wasn't on the pilot but came on when we started shooting the series.
KATHIE LEE: Was it love at first sight, Gillian?
GILLIAN: No, it wasn't love at first sight. I was very attracted to him and assumed he was to me as well. We went out on a couple dates and he asked me to marry him. No, that's not true (smirking)...it was pretty close to that though - we had a few dates to feel it out - it wasn't bang or anything...I didn't faint.
REGIS: Who asked who first?
GILLIAN: Well, like a verbal move or a physical move...? (laughing)
REGIS: Well, you know you gotta start something...?
GILLIAN: I invited him into my trailer to eat sushi.
KATHIE LEE: You know, that worked for me once, too...
KATHIE LEE: That's very romantic.
REGIS: Yes, instead of the couch...she said, "come on in"; she said, "how 'bout some sushi...?"
GILLIAN: And when he left, he said he didn't really want the sushi...
REGIS: Well, you're happily married, you got a baby, a hit show...what more do you want, Gillian?
(Regis plugs The X-Files)
Transcript appears courtesy of The Regis and Kathie Lee Show.