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The Rosie O'Donnell Show
June 15, 1998

ROSIE: Hey, we all know our first guest as Agent Dana Scully on "The X-Files." I love it. Her new film, the long-awaited film, "The X-Files" I love it. Please welcome, I love her, Gillian Anderson!

[ Cheers and applause ]

ROSIE: You scared me there. What have you got there?

GILLIAN: Iím sorry. I have something to go with your ice cream.

ROSIE: Youíve got a cheesecake?

GILLIAN: Iíve got. No. This is tofu pie.

(Audience basically goes "Grrooossss!!!! Laughter.)

ROSIE: Seriously?

GILLIAN: Seriously. Itís tofu pie.

ROSIE: Do you actually consume this, Gillian?

GILLIAN: I used to. And I have been looking for it in New York. Now I donít know how good this stuff is cause usually you can get pumpkin flavor and blueberry and chocolate flavor and itís really good. But itís wheat-free

ROSIE: Yeah.

GILLIAN: --and dairy-free

ROSIE: Oh, yeah.

GILLIAN: ---and itís sugar-free.

ROSIE: (not thrilled) Great.

GILLIAN: And I want to see you take a bite.

(Laughter. Great laugh from Gillian.)

ROSIE: (really not thrilled) It sounds delicious.


GILLIAN: I think youíll ----

ROSIE: Did you bring me a fork?


ROSIE: You didnít?

GILLIAN: We could use --- (indicates Toy Story toys on Rosieís desk)

ROSIE: We can use one of my toys?


ROSIE: Children, donít do this at home. Iím using Woodyís hat. Don not do this at home

(Laughter. Rosie dips plastic Woody toy headfirst into the pie and takes a taste off the hat. Seems to like it then makes a face. Gillian laughs. Audience laughs.)

GILLIAN: Itís honey flavor. Is it any good? Good?

ROSIE: (itís not good, laughter) Now, you know whatís scary? The first taste sort of entertaining and then it becomes like that paste you used to have in third grade. (laughter from all, another face) Oh, my God.

GILLIAN: (tastes it) Itís not a very good one.

ROSIE: Not a good one?

GILLIAN: Itís not a very good one.

ROSIE: Here, Woody, you eat it. (Shoves the toy into the pie.Laughter.) There you go. Let Woody eat it. Well are you a total like health food freakazoid like that?


[ Laughter ]

ROSIE: Like youíre no wheat and sugar?

GILLIAN: I try not to. But every once in a while I like binge on chocolate chip cookies.

ROSIE: Now answer me this. Do you do this for health reasons or do you do this to maintain your physique?

GILLIAN: I do it because Iím very sensitive to food Iíve found, and I have a very low wheat tolerance.

ROSIE: How did this manifest? How did you know you had a low wheat tolerance?

GILLIAN: Because it puts me to sleep.

ROSIE: It does?

GILLIAN: Well, which is why I kind of eat it. You know. When youíre craving carbohydrate when youíre craving bread -. You feel - You canít just have one. Youíve got to have twenty.

ROSIE: What about sugar? What did sugar ever do to you?

(Audience laughs.)

GILLIAN: Sugar. (laugh) Sugar, it just makes my heart race. It makes my moods swing up and down. I donít like myself on sugar. I like being kind of even. So I quit coffee this year, too.

ROSIE: And coffee? What do you have? A - a soybean burger? What do you do?

GILLIAN: You know, like protein and vegetables, and thereís some good stuff. Thereís some great like sugar-free, wheat-free desserts. I promise.

ROSIE: Well, listen

GILLIAN: (referring to the toy still in the pie) Woody is enjoying it.

ROSIE: Woodyís liking it. Maybe Cruella De Ville will like it. (Begins stuffing plastic toys in the pie. Lots of laughter.) Do you know who this is? The skipper from Gilliganís Island? Letís give him a little. Heíll like it. Maybe Dorothy Gale and Toto. Look. Toto, too. There you go.

GILLIAN: I think Toto would like it. (laugh)

(Lots of laughter.)

ROSIE: Now, first of all, I am so excited about this movie. Look at you on "Details." Hello? (holds up magazine) Scary alien looking, yet gorgeous. What about that?

(Cheers and applause.)

ROSIE: Who took that? Do you remember?

GILLIAN: I canít remember. I canít remember the name. Remember a while ago on the cover of Photo Magazine, Naomi Campbell was on there. The silver? Do you remember seeing that? The same one.

ROSIE: Do they make you get dressed up, mild alienesque because of the show? And the subject matter?

GILLIAN: Well, no. Iíve had some fun with some photographers and stuff. But itís not always alien oriented. Sometimes thereís other things.

ROSIE: Right. I remember this. So great. In "Us" magazine, look at you as Morticia Addams. (shows picture of Gillian as Morticia with Cousin It.)

GILLIAN: And look at this guy. Itís the Thing ---

ROSIE: Thatís Cousin It.

GILLIAN: Cousin It. Whoís the thing? What am I talking about.

ROSIE: Thing is the hand. And then Lurch. Remember Lurch?

GILLIAN: I never saw this. I never saw it.

ROSIE: You never saw this?!

GILLIAN: No. Never saw "Lucy" either.

ROSIE: (shocked) Hold it.

GILLIAN: Iím sorry.

ROSIE: Hold it. You never saw "I Love Lucy?"

GILLIAN: (holding up hands) Iím sorry. I grew up in London. And I didnít have those shows.

ROSIE: You grew up in London? Thatís wrong, Gillian. (Audience laughs.) Why did you grow up in London?

GILLIAN: Well, cause we moved there. My dad went to the London Film School and they fell in love with London.

ROSIE: How old were you when you lived in London?

GILLIAN: No, I know Well, I was born in Chicago and then when I was six months we lived on Puerto Rico for about 15 months and then we moved to London.

ROSIE: Until you were ??

GILLIAN: Eleven.

ROSIE: You donít have a trace of a British accent.

GILLIAN: I had it for a while. I kept it for a long time, kind of as a crutch. I kind of you know ---

ROSIE: When you have a few beers, (does drunk cockney imitation)"All right, lovey, lets go over there!" does it come out?


ROSIE: People tell me that when I get excited or inebriated look at this. (Shows picture of Gillian as the Flying Nun.)You as the Flying Nun. You never saw that show either? I donít know why they allowed you to pose as these people when you donít know them. Geez? Do you watch your own show?


ROSIE: I watch it every single week. I have been confused, lately by about a lot of things that happened.

GILLIAN: Me too.

ROSIE: The whole thing when they were spraying the money, and a good guy saved them. Is this in the movie? Is this revealed in the movie?

GILLIAN: (pause) No, I think you just missed it.

ROSIE: I didnít get that part?

GILLIAN: No and I couldnít explain it to you on my life, right now.

ROSIE: People like me who are addicted to it, theyíre scary fanatics. I missed the Expo. I was in Miami. There was a big "The X-Files" Expo. Did you go?

GILLIAN: I did. I went to both of them in New York here. And they were a lot of fun. Just people that love the show.

ROSIE: Right.

GILLIAN: And they were really sweet, and, you know, they who just love the show.

ROSIE: Do you have a favorite episode?

GILLIAN: (reaching behind her chair) I brought you a gift.

ROSIE: Please donít make it be health food related.

GILLIAN: No nono. You could stuff it in his face, too, if itís not crowded.

(She pulls out latex head of guy with face sewn together from Patient X/R and B: )

ROSIE: Disgusted! Is that the guy from the bridge or the guy in Russia?

GILLIAN: I donít know who this is. Can you see? Apparently this is the guy from I like this. (plays with itís hair.)

ROSIE: Remember when you were on the bridge and we thought you were dead and you werenít. Give me that scary, disgusting thing. (Does voice for the head.) Do you want some tofu? "Yes, I do! Before I used to eat normal food. Then I had tofu. Now look at me! Ahhhh!"

(Laughter, cheers and applause.)

ROSIE: That is scary, though.

GILLIAN: It is pretty scary.

ROSIE: Any of the shows freak you out, ever? Because youíre doing them. You donít get to experience them like we do.

GILLIAN: I have to read the scripts during the daytime. But other than that, Iím you know ---

ROSIE: Second to last one of season, the one where that scary guy was like an alien thing and he went into the light and Mulder saw it and you didnít.

GILLIAN: Yeah. It was upside down on the wall. And it was just about to eat his head.

ROSIE: Is that in the movie?

GILLIAN: No. (laugh)

ROSIE: Not in the movie either?

GILLIAN: I canít tell you anything about the movie. I brought a clip which I hope I hope Iím not going to get in trouble for showing it, because itís a clip from the movie. And letís just show it before I get into trouble. (laugh)

ROSIE: Do you need to set it up?

GILLIAN: No. I think it speaks for itself.

ROSIE: Okay. This is the movie that comes out Friday. Take a look.

(Clip - from Deep Throat, season one, where Mulder gets Scully out of the car to see the UFOs over Ellenís AFB,, but instead they see irritating teeny-bopper band Hanson singing MMM Bop. Very funny.)

(Audience cheers and applause.)

ROSIE: Thatís in the movie? Hanson is in the movie? Hanson are aliens? You rat!

GILLIAN: Isnít that funny!

ROSIE: That is funny.

GILLIAN: I thought that was funny. Thatís funny.

ROSIE: Not in movie. We have to clear it up for people. Theyíre like "Hanson is in the new film." Youíre coming back for another season and much more, I hope?

GILLIAN: Yes. Definitely. Shooting in LA.

ROSIE: Better for you? Tough to be up there in Vancouver.

GILLIAN: It is. It is a beautiful place and I have a lot of people that I love up there, but itís time.

ROSIE: How is your baby?

GILLIAN: Sheís great. Doing very well. Sheís excited about it, too. I think. Sheís been listening to a lot of reggae lately.

ROSIE: Sheís three, isnít she?

GILLIAN: Yes. Sheís three and a half. She loves Buffalo Soldier. I donít know why. She does.

ROSIE: Where did she get the Reggae CD?

GILLIAN: Well, from me.

ROSIE: There you go. My son knows all the words to "South Pacific," I think itís what we push them towards.

GILLIAN: I think youíre probably right.

ROSIE: June 19th , the movie opens. You come back whenever you want. At the commercial, you tell me what happens in the film. Just me?

GILLIAN: (whispers) Okay.

ROSIE: Be right back with Ana Gasteyer after this.

(They shake hands. Commercial.)

Transcript provided by CarriK and appears courtesy of The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

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