8 Questions With Gillian Anderson
Posted at 10:01 AM (PST) on Monday, December 21, 2015

8 Questions With Gillian Anderson
By Daniel D’Addario
TIME: December 28, 2015

The star of The X-Files on why she agreed to take on a new case

On Jan. 24, Fox will revive The X-Files. Whose idea was that?
It was first brought up by a fan at New York Comic Con in 2013. My reaction was “Over my dead body.”

So what changed your mind?
It was that we were doing six [episodes] instead of 24. To me, somebody saying, “Do you want to do The X-Files?” meant signing my life over. It wasn’t until the commitment was less than eight episodes that I could consider doing something, based on my other commitments—including children!

Has playing Dana Scully made you more open to the idea of extraterrestrial life?
I’ve always been a believer. I’ve been a believer in many different realms of alternate reality, the human capacity to move out of different planes of reality. It’s something that has been with me since I was a child.

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