Posted at 11:29 AM (PDT) on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Gillian Anderson on Great Expectations, Reading to the Royals, and Her Madonna-Like British Accent
By Jennifer Vineyard
March 28, 2012
Anderson called from across the pond to chat about her latest transformation, becoming besties with the royals, and her inconsistent British accent.
Miss Havisham is a complicated woman. The way you play her, with that singsong voice, adds a beautiful lost-soul quality, as if she were a child who's never grown up.
That's an aspect of her. There's a certain amount of childish spitefulness, too. I didn't want her to be eaten away by resentment, because it's not clear that it's eaten her alive. There's a lot more poetry to her than that, and that's what I found in her voice after the first few readings. I thought of her like an addict. She was living vicariously through Estella. She fed on the information Estella would give her, jonesing for that fix, like it was a dose of heroin. And there was something about that state of craving, obsessing, jonesing, that makes her interesting.