Stylist Magazine Interview
Posted at 11:34 AM (PDT) on Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Gillian Anderson: intelligent life
Stylist Magazine, UK
May 7, 2013
Gillian Anderson is back playing detective but this time, she tells Julia Maile, her feet are firmly on the ground...
I’ve met 44-year-old Gillian at a London hotel to discuss her brilliant new five-part BBC2 thriller, THE FALL, from the writer of Prime Suspect. Twenty years (that’s right, 20 years) since she first appeared as FBI special agent Dana Scully in The X-Files, she returns to her investigative roots as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson. On secondment from the Met, Stella is helicoptered in to catch a serial killer who stalks his female victims in Belfast.
Two preview episodes in and I’m completely hooked. Not content with dealing with just one psychopath, Gillian also appears on screen this week as Hannibal Lecter's therapist in Sky Living’s US drama HANNIBAL, alongside Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen.
Despite the US media heralding it as her career comeback, the Chicago-born, London-raised actor has worked constantly on this side of the Atlantic, with credits that include the BBC’s GREAT EXPECTATIONS and BLEAK HOUSE, plus roles in films such as JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN and SHADOW DANCER. While her character choices mean she’s usually all-business on screen, in person twice-divorced Gillian is warm, relaxed and has a wry sense of humour. Here, she opens up to Stylist about sexuality on screen and turning down cult-hit GAME OF THRONES.