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Gillian Anderson on ‘The X-Files’ Reboot, All-White Oscar Noms, & (Not) Kissing Jamie Dornan

Larry King NowJan 15 '16

Award-winning actor Gillian Anderson gets candid about the challenges in revisiting Agent Scully, what to expect from the ‘X-Files’ reboot, & her love/hate relationship with acting. Plus, Gillian on feminism and the Oscars’ all-white acting nominations.


*Posted Online on Ora.TV on Jan 15th 2016:

“I’m pretty excited about it, I’m excited for the fans. I think we’ve delivered something that is exactly what they used to love about the show. So I’m excited to see their reaction” ––on ‘The X-Files’ returning to television

“When I got the part originally I did not know what series were, I didn’t know what going to network was, I didn’t know that things ran in repeat and that there were seasons of things, I knew absolutely nothing.So when I got the job I was showing up for the three weeks of something called a pilot of which I knew nothing and then just kind of went on for the ride.” ––on whether she thought ‘The X-Files’ would be a hit

“It was complicated I think for both of us. We spent every waking hour with each other and nine months a year for seven years, and I think at times we both felt the pressure of just that relationship, of such an intense relationship, and so we went up and down in our relationship” ––on working with David Duchovny

“I think initially, for women anyway, seeing Dana Scully on the scene was seeing something that they recognized that they were missing, that they didn’t see before. There was not a character like her on television and very rarely in film and there was a lot of global recognition – I’m like that, I’m smart and I’m honest, I’m upfront and I’m intelligent, and I can stand side by side with my male peers – and that just did not exist on TV...there’s this thing called the ‘Scully Effect’ where at the time there were more girls going into science and certainly into the FBI than they ever had experienced with before, and it became cool to be smart”––on why fans liked Agent Dana Scully so much

“You can expect what we always gave the fans. We had a particular flavor and formula. We did mythology episodes, and stand alone episodes, monster of the week, we did comedy episodes. And the good thing about having these six as opposed to a feature is that we get to do a few of each” ––on what to expect from the ‘X-Files’ miniseries

“I started to notice the degree of women on women hate that exists, and the one thing that we have in common as women is that we are women, and it’s the perfect opportunity for us to stick together as opposed to fight against each other. And there’s a lot of competition out there in the world, and so it became important for me to figure out a way to have that conversation in a broader sense. And encouraging women to be the best that we can be to deal with our own individual issues, to clean up our side of the street in order to be our best potential, to encourage honesty and kindness and charity. And so it’s encouraging women to address all of those attributes in themselves and in order to do good work in the world.” ––on the theme of her forthcoming book, “We”

“I wanted to play Blanche since I was 16, and so exactly 30 years later, ended up getting the production together.” ––on playing Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire

“That priorities are really important and integrity is important and that it’s equally, if not more important, to spend time with friends and family…” ––On what being in show business has taught her