Message from Gillian
Posted at 12:00 AM (PDT) on Thursday, June 26, 2003
I am sitting in London listening to Royksopp and thinking that it must have been a long time since I responded to some questions. I like this album but I have to say that my favorite of the last couple months has been I Lucifer by The Real Tuesday Weld. Excellent excellent album. Very original and unexpected. Anyhoo, I'm not sure if I really am going to stay on track here with the questions so bear with me.
A few people have asked about things that have touched me or things I have done to touch someone else. I am always most touched when friends make things as gifts. My sister when she was much younger spent hours and hours making the most extraordinary Christmas ornaments out of Sculpy for the entire family and made me, amongst other things, this incredibly intricate chicken with layers and layers of different colored feathers.
And when she was younger than that even, she made a little patchwork quilt for Piper when she was born. Come to think of it, I made my brother a huge stuffed bear when he was born that was about ten times his size. I forgot about that. What on earth came over me?
My ex husband once carpentered a wooden cradle for Piper when she was born that was the height of our bed. Since I was coming home with her in the wee hours of the morning from filming and was too exhausted to get up in the middle of the night to feed her, he designed it so that one side would fold down and I could literally roll her out of it and onto our bed. Mind you, she never actually left our bed at all but it was the thought and effort that was so touching.
Friends who are artists have painted things for me and put together intricate collages.
In terms of MY doing those kinds of things, I am not as good at relinquishing my time to it. I did once make a little box that I covered in images I cut out from tons of magazines while I was shooting H.O.M. and presented it to my ex boyfriend with postcards that I had written to him every few days. And one Christmas I bought him a one person kayak so that he could go off on long solitary trips. I asked many of his friends to contribute to some of the gear so that he would be surrounded by things from his favorite people in the world. A life jacket from one person and an oar from another, etc.
And then there are things of course that Piper has made for me. Stacks and stacks of drawings over the years that I shall cherish forever.
Someone asked if there was anything that I had done for a fan that had touched or inspired them. The thing that comes to mind is not something I actually did or that really has very much to do with me at all except that this person who was in hospital with a form of cancer, found that the character of Scully inspired a strength in her and as she lay in hospital and was allowed to watch the series every week and in reruns, her t-cells gradually increased and she got stronger and, much to the surprise of her doctors, she gradually got better.
So the album is done and I am done as well. Thank you for listening.
Oh by the way, there seems to be a lot of complaints about the fact that I should get off my ass and work already. Well, for those task masters amongst you, you will be happy to know that before the end of the year I will be doing one and maybe even two films, and neither of them is My Scorpion Soul, for crying out loud. You will be filled in with the details once they are confirmed, but in the meantime keep your knickers on! I have been living my life for once in nine years and I am having a fantastic time of it and I deserve to take as long as damn well please before jumping into the grind of the business again.
And what about S.O.L.??? If I were working as well I would never get the thing written! And you should also know right here right now that I will never be one of those actresses that jumps from project to project. Life is just too short and there is so much to do and so much to see. But other than that, thanks for your support. Tee hee.