Gillian Anderson On ‘X-Files’ Future, Playing Margaret Thatcher & When U.S. Will See First Female President – Golden Globes Backstage

Congratulations to Gillian on her second Golden Globe win!!

Tonight Gillian Anderson took home her second Golden Globe for playing late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Crown. Anderson’s first win was for The X- Files in 1997. However the likelihood of the actress reprising Thatcher in the near future is higher than returning as Dana Scully; the paranormal investigator she’s built a career on playing.

Asked whether there was more X-Files in her future, Anderson exclaimed, “Oh, gosh, No.”

Asked her thoughts when the U.S. will see its first female president, like UK broke glass ceilings before with Thatcher as the country’s first female prime minister, the actress answered “Hopefully within the next four years that will happen.”

“It’s interesting playing a character like Thatcher because she’s so divisive. People have opinions (of her) that don’t sit in the middle of the road,” said Anderson.

“To have a woman as President, hopefully it will be a clearer response to the impact of our getting our first woman vice president, and discussed for decades more in that regard,” said Anderson hoping that such a future leader isn’t as controversial as Thatcher.

One takeaway she loved about playing Thatcher: “Not only did she cook food for her cabinet members in the flat above No. 10 Downing Street, but the dish we see her cooking is comprised of leftovers. She’s serving family leftovers to her male cabinet members. I enjoyed that one.”

Source: Deadline

Gillian Anderson: A Woman of Character

Nearly 30 years after breaking out on “The X-Files,” the actor is still finding ways to surprise us—and herself.

“Growing up in front of millions of people, and the intensity of nine years of being on a series—what actually happened was not what would necessarily normally follow,” Gillian Anderson says of ending her time on the prime-time must-watch series “The X-Files.” And while she ultimately did use her breakout screen role at age 25 to build a lasting career in the arts, she says her experience at the time with stardom and the loss of privacy made her question what to do next when the series’ first run wrapped in 2002.

“What actually happened was [that] I didn’t know if I ever wanted to step foot on set again,” she continues. “The first thing that I wanted to do was theater.” And so she picked up and left Los Angeles for London and made it happen.

“Had that not been my state of mind, I probably would’ve hired a publicist who would’ve been pushing me out there in Los Angeles as me, separate from [Dana] Scully,” Anderson says in hindsight of her role as the beloved FBI agent. Instead, she was performing on the West End just a few months after arriving, in productions of “What the Night Is For” and “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball” that carried her through 2004. In another world where she had succumbed to that uniquely Hollywood “use it or lose it” pressure, she says, “I would’ve had a version of my career that would have been very, very different than the career that I’ve had. I definitely wouldn’t have been in ‘Bleak House’ or ‘Great Expectations.’ It had a big impact on the choices that I made, because I was burnt out.”

Anderson’s story is proof that burnout doesn’t always mean the end of something. In fact, it sometimes can be the beginning of something burning anew, a gift that helped her strengthen her craft while continuing to challenge herself.

“I think there have certainly been stepping stones along the way where either the things that have come to me or the things that I’ve chosen have gotten harder and harder,” she says with a laugh.

The latest such effort is why the SAG Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner is calling in by Zoom from her home in London on a mid-January evening. We’re discussing her acclaimed portrayal of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on “The Crown” Season 4, a performance that once again has her in the awards conversation, with SAG and Golden Globe nominations. It’s her latest career move that only became possible because all those years ago, she homed in on exactly what she wanted as a performer.

Despite her consistent work across mediums in the U.K. and U.S. in the years since Scully (among them runs on “Hannibal,” “The Fall,” and “American Gods”), it was playing Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” first on the West End in 2014 and then again Off-Broadway in 2016, that signaled Anderson’s entry into what could be considered a new era for her in terms of character choices.

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Gillian Anderson to Star Alongside Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer in Showtime’s ‘First Lady’

Another new project for Gillian!

Gillian Anderson is taking on another famous woman in history.

The Crown and Sex Education favorite has been tapped to star alongside Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer in the Showtime drama The First Lady.

The anthology focuses on the personal and political lives of the country’s most enigmatic heroes, with season one focused on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford (Pfeiffer) and Michelle Obama (Davis). Anderson, who most recently portrayed Margaret Thatcher in Netflix’s The Crown, will portray Roosevelt.

“Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible range and exquisite talent — she is the perfect choice to complete this powerhouse trio, who will inhabit the roles of these iconic women,” said Amy Israel, exec vp scripted at Showtime. “It’s inspiring to have Gillian, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susanne Bier and Cathy Schulman at the forefront of The First Lady. They have truly set the stage for a landmark Showtime series.”

Roosevelt served as the first lady of the U.S. from 1933-45, making her the longest serving first lady in history. She was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. Controversial for her outspokenness, particularly on civil rights, she was the first presidential spouse to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column and host a weekly radio show. She also pushed the United States to join and support the United Nations and became its first delegate.

Author Aaron Cooley (Four Seats: A Thriller of the Supreme Court) created the series and will write and exec produce alongside Davis and her husband/JuVee Productions partner Julius Tennon, Oscar winner Cathy Schulman and her Welle Entertainment banner (Crash), Jeff Gaspin (L.A.’s Finest) and Link Entertainment’s Brad Kaplan (Mr. Church). The series is a co-production between Showtime and Lionsgate Television. Andrew Wang and Susanne Bier, the latter of whom will direct, also exec produce.

Anderson joins a cast that also includes Judy Greer as Nancy Howe, Eckhart as President Gerald Ford, Jayme Lawson as young Michelle Obama, Kristine Forseth as young Betty Ford and Rhys Wakefield as vice president Dick Cheney.

Source: THR

Screen Actor Guild nominations for ‘The Crown’!

The screen actor guild nominations were also released today & Gillian is nominated for her work on The Crown, along with several co-stars!

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“Better Call Saul”
“Bridgerton”
“The Crown”
“Lovecraft Country”
“Ozark”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)
Julia Garner (“Ozark”)
Laura Linney (“Ozark”)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Rege-Jean Page (“Bridgerton”)

Source: Variety

New Project!

Today is turning out to be an excellent day for Gillian news & images! Deadline have reported that Gillian is filming a new project this month! Details are posted below.

Fresh off her Golden Globe and SAG nominations for The Crown, we can reveal that Gillian Anderson is next to star in Lionsgate and director Marc Forster’s White Bird: A Wonder Story, which will begin production in the Czech Republic later this month.

White Bird: A Wonder Story is the creative companion movie drawn from the universe of the Lionsgate’s 2017 box office hit Wonder, which made more than $300 million globally.

The film charts the story of a young Jewish girl hidden away by a boy and his family in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Anderson will play Vivienne, the woman who along with her family must make unimaginable choices. Additional casting has yet to be revealed.

The screenplay adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s graphic novel is by Mark Bomback (War for the Planet of the Apes). Forster (World War Z) returns to the studio where he directed the Oscar-winning Monster’s Ball 19 years ago.

Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, who produced Wonder, are also producing the new film, along with Palacio. Renée Wolfe, who is a partner in Forster’s 2DUX2, is executive producing. Alex Young is executive-producing for Mandeville.
Czech Republic, which hosts Amazon’s Carnival Row and multiple movie blockbusters, continues to be an in-demand European filming destination. Also due to shoot in the country this spring is Starz’s Dangerous Liaisons prequel series.

Anderson scored raves for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in Netflix smash The Crown. She previously won the Golden Globe and the Emmy Award for The X Files. She also currently stars in the Netflix’s Sex Education, which returns for a third season this year.

The actress is represented by Independent Talent Group and UTA.

Source: Deadline

InStyle: Gillian Anderson Has Never Been Hotter

Gillian is gracing the cover of the March issue of InStyle magazine- her first cover! The photoshoot is absolutely stunning!

In her début scene in The Crown, Gillian Anderson, playing Margaret Thatcher, arrives at Buckingham Palace for her first meeting with Queen Elizabeth (played by Olivia Colman). The monarch waits, fussing with flowers, while Thatcher, in a blaring royal blue suit, enters the room. “Your Majesty,” she croons, sweeping to the floor in an “Is she serious?” curtsy.

It’s an audible-gasp moment. Anderson has committed. For the rest of the season, the actress immortalizes all 11 years of Thatcher’s “Iron Lady” rule, from her controversial privatization of the British economy, to the Falkland Islands conflict, to the rise of the IRA (Irish Republican Army), to her eventual ouster from office in 1990.

It’s testament to Anderson’s skill that her performance doesn’t dissolve into camp. Rather, it’s considered and often poignant. More enjoyable still are Anderson’s irreverent dispatches from The Crown’s set on Instagram, which include riding in a jeep with Colman (in character) and a snap of “Thatcher” with her legs draped over two thrones.

Having been in the public eye since she was 24, when she signed on to play Dana Scully in The X-Files, Anderson, now 52, has paid her dues. Based in London and effortlessly transitioning between American and British personas, she finds herself in a both deserved and enviable position. And if you’d told her back during The X-Files that she’d play Margaret Thatcher one day? She laughs. “F— off!”

Laura Brown: Hello, Gillian! How are you? You’re in London on lockdown No. 3, correct?

Gillian Anderson: Yeah, I am. It hasn’t actually hit me yet. I’ve been finishing cleaning out closets and stuff. The vacuum cleaner is a big deal in my life. I bought a new one the first week of lockdown, and it became pretty much my best friend, my lover, my everything — until we got a puppy.

LB: Other than the vacuum, what’s been your saving grace during this confinement period?

GA: My kids [daughter Piper, 26, and sons Oscar, 14, and Felix, 12]. My little ones are obsessed with being outside, and I’m very blessed to have access to outdoor space. It’s been a godsend that when they’re not in school, they want to be outside and not on screens.

LB: Did you work over lockdown at all?

GA: I did. Sex Education [the series centered on Anderson’s sex-therapist character, Jean, and her teenage son] pushed its start from July to September. With Netflix protocol, everyone’s tested three times a week.

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Golden Globe Nominations for ‘The Crown’!

The golden globe nominations have been released and Gillian has been nominated! Along with several The Crown co-stars. Gillian last won a golden globe for The X-Files back in 1997. Fingers crossed for another win!

Best Television Series – Drama

“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Lovecraft Country” (HBO Max)
“The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus)
“Ozark” (Netflix)
“Ratched” (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)
Laura Linney (“Ozark”)
Sarah Paulson (“Ratched”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Julia Garner (“Ozark”)
Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”)
Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”)

Source: Variety

‘The Crown’ Captures

Many thanks to my dear friend Claudia for providing HQ captures of Gillian’s role as Margaret Thatcher in season 4 of The Crown. Gallery links & previews are below, enjoy!