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Gillian Anderson Appreciation #30: "I do feel like a woman's woman, and I go out of my way to be one."



G I L L I A N L E I G H A N D E R S O N, O B E
(August 09, 1968; Mother, Actor, Author, Activist)
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B I O G R A P H Y

Gillian Leigh Anderson, OBE is an American-British actress. Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Rosemary "Posie" Alyce (née Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward "Ed" Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. She is of English, German, and Irish ancestry. Soon after her birth, her parents moved to Puerto Rico for 15 months, then to London. The family relocated so that her father could attend the London Film School. During her childhood, she lived in north London's Crouch End and Haringey. She was a pupil of Coleridge Primary School. When Anderson was 11 years old, her family returned to the United States, settling in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They continued to keep a flat in London, and spent their summers there. Anderson later said that she had always intended to return to England. In Grand Rapids, she attended Fountain Elementary and City High-Middle School, a program for gifted students with a strong emphasis on the humanities.

Following the move to Grand Rapids, Anderson went through a rebellious stage as a teenager; taking drugs, dating a much older boyfriend, and cultivating a punk appearance (dyeing her hair various colors, shaving the sides of her head, sporting a nose piercing and an all-black wardrobe). She was put in therapy at the age of 14. Anderson listened to bands such as Dead Kennedys and Skinny Puppy. She was voted by her classmates as "class clown", "most bizarre girl" and "most likely to be arrested". She was arrested on graduation night for breaking and entering into her high school in an attempt to glue the locks of the doors. She later managed to reduce the charges to trespassing.

At an early age, Anderson was interested in marine biology, but after becoming interested in theatre during her teenage years, she began acting in high school productions during her first year and later in community theatre. She also served as a student intern at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre & School of Theatre Arts. After graduating from high school in 1986, she attended The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990. Anderson also participated in the National Theatre of Great Britain's summer program at Cornell University. To support herself financially during her student years, she worked at the Goose Island Brewpub in Chicago. After Anderson became famous, the brewery named one of their beers after her – a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, simply called "Gillian".

Anderson is the eldest of three siblings. Her brother Aaron – who was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis – died in 2011 of a brain tumor, at the age of 30. Aaron was a DJ, a mentor, and a practicing Buddhist. He was in his second year of a PhD program in Developmental Psychology at Stanford University when he was diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2008. Her sister Zoe is a ceramicist, whom Anderson calls "an exceptional artist". Zoe is openly gay and is married to her partner.

Anderson is bidialectal. With her English accent and background, she was mocked and felt out of place as a teenager in the American Midwest and soon adopted a Midwestern accent. To this day, she easily shifts between her American and English accents. In May 2013, during an interview with BlogTalkRadio, Anderson addressed the matter of her national identity: "I've been asked whether I feel more like a Brit than an American and I don't know what the answer to that question is. I know that I feel that London is home and I'm very happy with that as my home. I love London as a city and I feel very comfortable there. In terms of identity, I'm still a bit baffled."
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Theatre World Award (1991) Absent Friends
Sci-Fi Universe Award (1995) The X-Files
Aftonbladet TV Prize (1996) The X-Files
Bravo Otto (1996) The X-Files
Screen Actors Guild Award (1996) The X-Files
Telegatto Award (1996) The X-Files
Aftonbladet TV Prize (1997) The X-Files
Bravo Otto (1997) The X-Files
Golden Globe Award (1997) The X-Files
Primetime Emmy Award (1997) The X-Files
Saturn Award (1997) The X-Files
Screen Actors Guild Award (1997) The X-Files
SFX Award (1997) The X-Files
Aftonbladet TV Prize (1998) The X-Files
Bravo Otto (1998) The X-Filess
OFTA Television Awards (1998) The X-Files
Viewers for Quality Television Award (1998) The X-Files
Blockbuster Entertainment Award (1999) The X-Files
OFTA Television Awards (1999) The X-Files
Viewers for Quality Television Award (1999) The X-Files
British Independent Film Award (2000) The House of Mirth
Village Voice Film Poll Award (2000) The X-Files
Chlotrudis Award (2002) The House of Mirth
WhatsonStage.com Award (2003) What the Night is For
Irish Film and Television Award (2005) The Mighty Celt
Broadcasting Press Guild Award (2006) Bleak House
OFTA Television Awards (2006) Bleak House
Roma Fiction Fest's Artistic Excellence Award (2012) Great Expectations
Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Award (2013) The Fall
Broadway World: UK Award (2014) A Streetcar Named Desire
Evening Standard Theatre Award (2014) A Streetcar Named Desire
Fangoria Chainsaw Award (2015) Hannibal
Glamour Award (2015) A Streetcar Named Desire
Fangoria Chainsaw Award (2016) Hannibal
Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Award (2016) The Fall
UCL Honorary Fellowship (2017)
Webby Award (2017) The Fall
City Lit Lifetime Fellowship Award (2018)
Star on the Walk of Fame (2018)






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In the late 1990s, one name was synonymous with a medical doctor-turned-paranormal detective: Dana Scully. Played by actor Gillian Anderson, Dr. Dana Scully made her mark on millions of fans who tuned in every week to watch The X-Files. Scully was one of the first multidimensional female characters in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field to be featured on a popular television show, and the first to play a leading role. She is known for her objectivity, skepticism, confidence, and brilliance. In the world of entertainment media, where scientists are often portrayed as white men wearing white coats and working alone in labs, Scully stood out in the 1990s as the only female STEM character in a prominent, prime time television role. Scully's media depiction of a high-achieving woman in STEM asked a generation of girls and women to imagine new professional options, and to study and pursue careers in STEM—a phenomenon known as the "Scully Effect."

To assess the "Scully Effect," researchers conducted an online survey from February 15 to February 20, 2018, using an opt-in sample of 2,021 participants. The study was conducted by 21st Century Fox, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and J. Walter Thompson Intelligence, a global firm specializing in data, research, insight, trends and innovation. The sample was demographically representative and weighted to be representative of women in the U.S. population based on age (25 and older), STEM involvement, and viewing of The X-Files. About one-third (29%) of respondents were aged 25 to 39, while the remainder (71%) were aged 40 or older. Roughly half (49%) of the sample studied a STEM field in college, or currently works in STEM. Two-thirds of respondents (68%) had seen at least one episode of The X-Files, which speaks to the show's wide reach.

Women who are medium/heavy watchers of The X-Files hold more positive views of STEM than non/light watchers, and several survey questions link this directly to the influence of Scully's character. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of women who are familiar with Dana Scully say she increased their belief in the importance of STEM. A greater percentage of medium/heavy viewers of The X-Files strongly believe that young women should be encouraged to study STEM than non/light viewers (56% compared to 47%). Medium/heavy viewers are significantly more likely to strongly agree with the statement "I would encourage my daughter/granddaughter to enter a STEM field" than non/light viewers (53% compared to 41%). Medium/heavy viewers are more likely to strongly agree with the statement "If I could go back and do it again, I would have studied or worked in an industry that is STEM" than non/light viewers (27% compared to 17%).

Women who regularly watch The X-Files are more likely to express interest in STEM, major in a STEM field in college, and work in a STEM profession than other women in the sample. Among women who are familiar with Scully's character, half (50%) say Scully increased their interest in STEM. Medium/heavy viewers are 43% more likely than other women to have considered working in a STEM field than non/light viewers (40% compared to 28%). Medium/heavy viewers are 27% more likely to have studied STEM than non/light viewers (28% compared to 22%). Medium/heavy viewers are 50% more likely to have worked in a STEM field than non/light viewers (24% compared to 16%).

Most of the women in the sample consider Dana Scully to be a role model for girls and women, and women who work in STEM are particularly likely to see her this way. Among women who are familiar with Scully's character, 91% say she is a role model for girls and women. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of women that work in STEM say Dana Scully served as their role model. Among women who are familiar with Scully's character, 63% say Scully increased their confidence that they could excel in a male-dominated profession. Nine out of 10 (91%) women who are familiar with Scully's character say she stands out as being a strong female character on television. Women in the sample were asked about various attributes of Scully's character. The most frequently used words to describe her were "smart," "intelligent," and "strong."
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I'm damaged in many ways. And yet a lot of what my fight is about is pushing through that to live a meaningful, sane existence and make a difference and play to my strengths. So I think damaged characters resonate with me.

Well, I don't know if we need more women out there to say '**** off!'. But television isn't the issue. There are a lot of female characters on TV who are intelligent, and a good enough portion of them aren't all about the date and the car and the plastic surgery. It's in film that it's lacking! It would be great to see more women in a wider range of characters and better populated in film.

Stella (Gibson), who I play in The Fall, is a character that I feel very, very close to. I really enjoy spending time in her shoes. And Blanche (DuBois). I think those two women have been my favorites.

Roles without complexity just don't interest me. I don't see Scully as being particularly complex, yet she continues to represent such an iconic female presence in TV. She's outspoken, powerful... Attributes common to women, but that were uncommon in women characters at the time. At the same time, she was just one of us. I don't think Stella is. I don't know how normal she is.

It would be difficult for me to be in a relationship where the man is the boss.

There are aspects of Stella I'm familiar with in my own personality.
I feel I've been able to make peace with myself more because she's so unapologetic about the island that she is. Yeah [I am a solitary person], I mean my [romantic] partners have consistently said, 'You live this life I have no idea about.' The idea of saying, 'I'm thinking about doing this film, let's talk about what it means for our life...' It's challenging for me. It's not my first instinct. My first instinct is to decide, 'Can I do this? Yes I can.'

With The Fall and Streetcar I feel that if I died in September then I could look down from up there feeling I had accomplished what I wanted to accomplish.

I feel very lucky to have all these characters at the same time. Everyone has been working very hard on the ground, trying to make this happen. So far it's fine.

As I get older, I imagine the roles that I'm able to get are going to change. There will be a certain point where I'll make the decision to go grey, you know. There might be a certain point where I decide that it's silly for me to continue being blond when I'm in my 60s. I've also always wanted to direct, I've also always wanted to be an artist. Maybe when the kids are out of college, I can decide to downsize and go grey and get less work.

So much of this world is based on illusion, temporariness, and disposability that I think it's essential that our closest relationships reflect what is real.













Looking through some old photographs recently, I came across a few when I was younger, and I have a very similar expression on my face to Kristen Stewart. I've got this '**** all this' look going on. I wish I'd had people around me at that point in my life who understood me, instead of saying, 'Why aren't you smiling?' So much was fear back then and not being able to comprehend what was happening.

That's really important, to show (on television) adult, mature women, completely different in the experiences they'd been through and the choices that they'd made, bonding through womanhood. Too often, what is portrayed between women is either 'girly' and going shopping, or the opposite, the negativity.

I still get letters and emails from people who are my age or a little bit younger saying they're writing because they used to be a fan, or they're 12 years old and just discovered The X-Files. Often women and girls talk about the strength they've gotten from Scully and how the stuff she went through and the strength she showed has helped them go through difficulties in their own life. It's amazing.

I've never considered myself a sex symbol even though it's so flattering to be thought of as one.

If you look at the way that it was lit, the way that it was shot, the production values... the horror aspect of it, the unsolved crimes. I mean, the amount of other shows that have tried to copy it over the last twenty years!

It is not a matter of being fearless. The fear is sometimes constant, but it’s about moving forward regardless of the fear. Courage means feeling the fear and doing it anyway.

To me, a relationship is about loving another human being; their gender is irrevelant.

Even though I can dress up like a soccer mom, the punk rocker will forever be under my skin.

I have a talent to be both very serious and very inappropriately goofy!

The real question is: How the **** did I end up as the world's sexiest woman in 1996?

I don't know why I keep being cast as everybody's boss because if you saw me in my real life, in my black jeans and my flip-flops running around a playground with my kids I'm very different. I keep being cast in these roles and it cracks me up! That in and of itself is funny enough for me to say, 'Yes, why not, I'll show you!






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I got this from Gillian's website.

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Question: Now that the X-files are ending, can you tell us what are some of your favorite memories of working on the show?

Answer: Some of my favorite memories of working on the show (and not necessarily in order of importance or weight or much of anything but the order in which I remembered them.)

1. Directing "all things."

2. Singing 'Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog' to Mulder in "Detour".

3. Shooting "Triangle."

4. Shooting "Cops."

5. Shooting the kiss/bee scene in the movie.

6. Shooting the scene where Mulder shows Scully how to hit a baseball in "The Unnatural."

7. Shooting "Bad Blood" but especially the autopsy scene.

8. Doing the elephant autopsy in "Fearful Symmetry."

9. In the first season the crew used to crowd around a t.v. screen on Friday nights and watch the show over lunch. That was fun and exciting for us.

10. I remember when the casting director told me I had the job after the final network audition and I had to drive a fellow auditioning actress that I knew back to her hotel knowing that I had the job and not letting on or being able to talk about it.

11. Shooting the graveside scene in the pilot in forced freezing rain at some ungodly hour in the morning and trying to remember my name let alone whole paragraphs of dialogue.

12. Shooting scenes in the snow in Vancouver wearing a skirt and high heals and trying not to slide down hill...or having to use an umbrella so that my hair did not have to be blown out before every take.

13. Telling David in his trailer that I was pregnant and him telling me that he felt his knees buckle. Blue, as a puppy was lying sick on his bed behind him, having just been spayed.

14. Watching Jim Rose do his famous genital tricks in his trailer during the shooting of Humbug.

15. In one of the very first episodes, there's a scene where Mulder and Scully are to look at red lights in the sky that may be UFO's and follow their flying path. David and I were standing on a windy hilltop looking out onto the pitch black heavens with the cameras on our faces and being directed where to look in EXACTLY the same place at the same time (up down left right)...but with NOTHING TO LOOK AT AS A GUIDE! It was absurd.

16. Shooting Scully and Mulder's final kiss scene at the end of "Existence."

17. Shooting the dance sequence at the end of "The Post-Modern Prometheus."

18. I remember sitting at a wooden table with David on the set when Pendrell was shot, and David telling me about this date he had with a woman whose name he would not tell me, but it was kind of like the tea that you drink.

19. Sitting in a luncheon booth on the North Vancouver lot with David Nutter and for the very first time going over a script with a director beat by beat and how exhilarating that was to be creative that way and have someone care what my feedback and impressions and instincts were. The script was "Beyond The Sea."

20. Shooting the scene where Scully's stomach is pumped with air in an abduction sequence and trying not to reveal that it was actually a pregnant belly being shot. I'll have to show that scene to Piper one of these years.

21. Lying in a hospital bed on set ten days after giving birth to Piper. Hooked up to tubes and wires and drifting in and out of sleep while they shot around me and being wheeled to and from the bed in a wheelchair. Surreal. I'd just been there!

22. Shooting a scene in a rowboat in the middle of a lake all by myself for hours and my lactating breasts getting so swollen that I thought I might explode.

23. Shooting a scene in an episode about cats where Scully has to be attacked in the face by a cat but I am allergic so they built a cat on a stick covered in bunny fur whose arms could be operated by some poor special effects guy. So here I am "struggling" with this fake bunny/cat in my face pretending to get scratched and be terrified when the fake fur keeps sticking to my lipstick and going up my nose and Kim Manners and I cannot stop cracking up at the ludicrousness of it all.

24. Lying on the floor eight months pregnant and being pushed by someone across the floor to simulate me "crawling" because I was so big and my belly was in the way and I could not do it myself. I think it was "Duane Barry."

25. Sitting in the back of a jeep on one of the stages pretending to be attacked by imaginary (CGI) green bugs who are going to cocoon us and suck our life out of us...flailing away at them with all my might and then whenever we cut, turning to a big garbage can to my left and throwing up because I had horrible morning sickness.

26. When Chris Carter walked into my hospital room a day or two after Piper was born and was stopped in his tracks by the sight of this living being propped up beside me. We sat in silence for a long time.

27. Talking to Chris on some payphone outside some restaurant a couple nights before I was to go back to Network for the final audition, and him giving me notes on how to dress more 'streamlined' for the Network Execs... I borrowed a suit.

28. Talking to David for the very first time outside the audition as he chatted up the girls, and commenting on the fact that I was from N.Y. and not really meaning FROM FROM, but the disappointment which flashed across his face when I qualified that I had only actually lived there a couple years. He moved on to someone else.

29. Experiencing Rob Bowman directing for the first time, setting up elaborate shots and the crew standing around thinking what is this new guy doing spending all this time with these fancy angles...cut to...the established norm. And thank God.

30. The last day of shooting in Vancouver when the make-up artist had to redo my make-up three and four times before every take cause I was crying so much. I imagine the same will be said in a little over a month. We won't get anything shot.

The End

I know it seems ridiculous that I might only have thirty memories over nine years but I am afraid that is the best I can do and still have you all read it before the end of the month.
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Old 12-24-2020, 12:40 PM
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Wow that’s a LOT of memories still, no wonder much of her time on the show is a blur to her these days
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Old 12-24-2020, 12:47 PM
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It's been a long time since she did the show, I don't expect her to remember much at all.
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Is that when she was reading a book to the kids? It's so unfair we didn't get a video of that event.
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OMG I ALMOST FORGOT TO MENTION HOW JENNIFER GARNER POSTED ABOUT GILLIAN.
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Old 12-24-2020, 01:14 PM
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What did she say?
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Hi @gilliana @erinrdoherty and @thecrownnetflix, I couldn’t love you more.
And Gillian liked the post and shared it. I love me some Jennifer Garner.
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That’s awesome! I do as well, I just watched 13 Going On 30 recently in fact and she was so cute in it
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I love that movie!! My favorite role of hers is Sydney Bristow from Alias. I legit watched that series so many times. My fandoms are colliding.
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