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

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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Gillian Covers Net-A-Porter

Since her breakthrough role in long-running sci-fi drama The X-Files in the ’90s, GILLIAN ANDERSON has captivated audiences of both screen and stage – most recently stepping into the shoes of Margaret Thatcher in The Crown. HANNA FLINT meets the actor to talk about the invaluable lessons of 2020, self-growth and why this lady is for turning.

It’s a sunny autumn afternoon in London’s Hyde Park and Gillian Anderson is doing a spot of birdwatching. We’re really here to discuss her latest role in The Crown’s season four, of course, in which she plays the formidable first British female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. But, every so often, the British-American actor becomes mesmerized by the creatures in the Serpentine lake. “Look at what that swan’s doing with its feathers!” she exclaims. “Sorry, but look at what the brown one is doing – it’s making a heart shape.”

Anderson is admittedly no student of ornithology – there’s a struggle to remember the names of some of the birds on view – but she did have a childhood dream of becoming a marine biologist. Now, the idea of even playing one would be a nightmare. “I wouldn’t want to get wet is the truth of the matter,” she says. “It’s definitely got to the point now where there are things I would refuse to do. A friend of mine was potentially going to be in the movie Everest, but I remember thinking at the time, ‘Oh God, imagine what that would entail!’ I’m just not that person.”

So, what kind of person is Anderson? As a much-celebrated actor, she has won several awards for playing Agent Dana Scully in the popular sci-fi series The X-Files, and earned further acclaim in The Fall as detective superintendent Stella Gibson, and then more recently in Sex Education as glamorous sex therapist Jean Milburn.

She’s a proud Londoner, too, having lived in the capital for most of her adult life. And she’s evidently an animal lover, given how many times the conversation has been interjected by a diving cormorant or a swimming Labrador. Privacy is very important to her, and she prefers to keep her family life to herself – although she isn’t afraid to share some funny personal truths. For instance, she turned down an offer to launch her own Sex Education-inspired sex-toy line: “I can’t remember why I said no.” And there was the time, many years ago, when she pitched a video-sharing idea to a woman who helped set up Google and Facebook. It turned out the idea already existed and was about to be launched as YouTube. “That was the last time I shared any bright ideas about tech,” the actor chuckles.

In the cold light of day, Anderson, who is 52 years old and currently makeup-free, looks as radiant as she’s ever been seen on screen during the past 30 years. Anderson cares about her looks (she points out that she had her roots done that morning, ready for some impending filmed press engagements), but is somewhat self-deprecating about how she’s managed to find a loophole in the aging process. “I’ve heard from my mum, my whole life, that my great-grandma Rose had really good skin, but I often fall asleep in my makeup, and whenever I do a photo shoot, everybody always points out that my skin is really dry.”

While the actor is modest about her appearance, she’s confident about the roles she wants to play and, really, who can blame her? “It’s different now than even 10 or 15 years ago,” she says. “[Then] a woman my age, at least in television, would be struggling to find something, but now there seems to be a plethora of rich roles.” With characters like A Streetcar Named Desire’s Blanche DuBois, Margo Channing of All About Eve and now Margaret Thatcher under her belt, she confesses, “It’s hard not to get a little picky.”

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Women of the Year: Gillian Anderson shows her mettle as the Iron Lady in ‘The Crown’

There was a moment, making the fourth series of The Crown, when Gillian Anderson was in full costume as Margaret Thatcher and her partner, the series writer Peter Morgan, came to see her on set. “I smiled at him, as me, Gillian, smiling at her boyfriend, and he said, ‘This is Thatcher! This smile is Thatcher!’” Anderson recalls, laughing. “And I’m like, no! This smile is me!”

Watching the show, you can understand the confusion. In the role, Anderson performs one of those metamorphoses where though she is entirely visible as herself beneath that great cloud of hair, she is also utterly transformed. For a while, the creative team had toyed with the idea of her wearing prosthetic teeth to capture the distinct shape of Thatcher’s mouth, but Anderson found them too cumbersome.

She wore a padded suit beneath her clothes to bulk up her frame a little, but otherwise there were no particular physical changes beyond what she was able to do as an actor: the grand, almost hoarse voice, the tilting walk, the smile that is genial but edged with intent. The important thing, says Anderson now, sitting in a Hyde Park café, “was not doing it so much that it ended up a parody.”

There’s nothing parodic about the finished product, released on Netflix this month. Instead, there is the weird sensation of finding yourself sympathising with one of the most controversial prime ministers the UK has ever had, who always seemed monumental and invulnerable until her final ousting from Downing Street.

As the episodes unfold, you watch Thatcher running up against the snobbish judgement of the Royal Family, the patronising disdain of some of her Cabinet members. “I had to get to a point where it’s nothing to do with my opinions of her policies, of her actions,” says Anderson. “It is only about her as a human being and her motivation as a politician and as a mother.”

At times, she says she found herself questioning the portrayal – why wasn’t there more on the poll tax or Northern Ireland? But she was given no special treatment as the writer’s partner to shape her character. “For our own sanity, and actually for the benefit of the relationship, we had very clear boundaries,” she says. “I am not going to comment on the script, but you are not allowed to comment on the performance!”

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‘Sex Education’ Season 2 Sets January Premiere Date at Netflix

A follow-up course in Sex Education has been added to Netflix’s winter curriculum: The streamer announced Monday that Season 2 of the acclaimed British comedy will drop all eight episodes on Friday, Jan. 17.

Netflix unveiled the premiere date along with the following mural, which features the show’s main characters: Otis (played by Asa Butterfield), Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), Maeve (Emma Mackey), Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling), Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood), Adam (Connor Swindells), Ola (Patricia Allison) and Lily (Tanya Reynolds).

Sex Education follows the aforementioned Otis, a socially awkward high schooler who lives with his sex therapist mother, Jean (Gillian Anderson). In Season 1, Otis and his friend Maeve set up a sex clinic at school to capitalize on his intuitive talent for sex advice.

When we pick up in Season 2, “late bloomer Otis must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola, whilst also dealing with his now strained relationship with Maeve,” according to the official logline. “Meanwhile, Moordale Secondary is in the throes of a Chlamydia outbreak, highlighting the need for better sex education at the school, and new kids come to town who will challenge the status quo.”

Source: TVLine

WINSER LONDON MEETS GILLIAN ANDERSON

We chat to acclaimed actor and activist Gillian Anderson on philanthropy, style and her sophomore collection for Winser London.

Here, Gillian Anderson talks about her work with Women for Women International, how she likes to spend her downtime and collaborating with Winser London on her hotly anticipated second collection.

What was the inspiration behind your second collection?

The primary inspiration was that I had so much fun with the first collection that I knew I wanted to do it again. Rather than reinventing the wheel we decided to put out a couple of different colours in the same cuts of two successful styles and even used the cut of the Boyfriend Jumper for the lips range. Then the question was, if we only do one dress – what is a style that can cross seasons and feel dressy and yet equally casual with a pair of boots and a funky coat? If we only do one blouse, what style is both the antithesis of last season’s Silk Blouse and also matches the personality of the dress? And if I’m to do a trouser, given last season was a Tuxedo Cigarette Pant why not try and create what I wear day in and out through the winter, Mini Bootleg Black Low-Rise Stretch Jeans.

What are your favourite pieces from the new collection, and why?

Oh that’s hard! I do love the Lips sweaters, not least because a percentage of proceeds is being donated to one of my favourite charities for women but also because the quality of the image worked and kept its personality even on a cashmere blend, which is a challenging expectation. The hooded coats are definitely a favourite because they are so versatile and fun.

How would you describe your personal style?

Eek, I’d say simple. I think? On a day-to-day basis I don’t put a lot of effort into what I wear and dress for practicality (with heels though) but if I’m dressing up I do like clean, classic lines and am not likely to go for a pattern – as much as I like patterns they just don’t work on me.

Who inspires you in work, life and style?

Probably my friend Gabriela Hearst. She has an incredible personal style which is reflected in how she dresses. She works so hard on her clothing line and fabrics and manages to balance it effectively with kids and husband and friends and meditation. She’s a force to be reckoned with. If she is a racehorse, I am a miniature pony.

What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve ever received?

Do your very best and let go of the results. That means to show up prepared and committed and positive and present and leave the results to the powers that be. As long as you know you have done your best, nothing else matters. Great if whatever it is works out, and if it doesn’t at least you know you did your best and it simply wasn’t meant for you at this time. Difficult to do in practice at first and easy to get into self-criticism and blame and resentment, but once you get used to truly letting go, it can be one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself.

Tell us more about your work with Women for Women International and how they’re spotlighted in your new collection?

Jennifer Nadel who I co-wrote WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere with first brought them to my attention and we encouraged readers of the book to make donations to this wonderful organisation. Since then I have tried to help raise awareness and funds.

Women for Women International helps women in post conflict zones get back on their feet. It teaches them about their rights, teaches them a trade so they can become self-sufficient, teaches them about personal hygiene and how to take care of themselves and encourages them to be active in their communities. They really honour the women they work with and stay in contact with them for years afterwards – personally visiting the women on the ground on a regular basis and making sure the programs are running effectively. It’s just a wonderful organization.

One of the fundraising projects I did was to partner with RedBubble to make a T-shirt with an image of my lips that had been presented to me by a fan. Other fans started buying the t-shirts knowing all our RedBubble profits were going to Women for Women. I then decided to take it one step further in this Winser London collection with a cashmere blend sweater where the image was worked into the weave in three great colours.

Finally, what do you like to do to relax?

Watch documentaries. Heaven.

Source: Winser London

Gillian Anderson: ‘I fall in love with my characters’

Gillian Anderson is a woman of many duelling qualities, and it is hard to know quite what to expect when meeting her. Her old interviews are displays of either surprising candour or frosty reserve. She can be earnest and thoughtful, sometimes to the point of seeming grave, yet she peppers her social media with “penis/yoni of the day” posts, pictures of things that happen to look like genitals, even when they are not. She speaks with an American accent when with Americans, and with a crisp British accent with Brits, though she retains a US sheen on only one word that I clocked: “process”. She is extremely famous and has been for more than half her life, yet has maintained a sense of mystery and intrigue, and is keenly private.

Naturally, then, in a photographic studio in a tiny back street in north London, talk has turned to tattoos of Anderson’s face on strangers’ buttocks. It started with one of her own cashmere jumpers, part of her new capsule collection for the London brand Winser (she turned designer for them in 2018, adding another string to an already creaking bow that includes activist and author, as well as actor) that features a familiar-looking mouth emblazoned across the chest, accented by that Monroe-esque beauty spot.

“It is a strange thing, yes,” she agrees, adding that of all the pieces, she probably won’t make a habit of wearing the one with her own face on it. It’s an impish design, but this being Anderson, there’s more to it than a bit of self-reflective fun: some of its profits will go to Women for Women, which helps support female survivors of conflict.

“Well, the way that started was, a fan showed up with a T-shirt that she had made with my mouth on it. Which I recognised, and I went, ‘Wait, is that…?’” That might be an unnerving experience for most people, but Anderson has to admit that for her, it is not so out of the ordinary. “I’m kind of used to it,” she shrugs. “Especially because of my old job. The enthusiasm of the fans, from being in something that’s remotely science fiction, is more intense. And so I’m used to tattoos on calves and buttocks and stuff like that.”

In 1993, The X Files arrived on television, with Anderson at the helm as the sceptical FBI agent Dana Scully. She had just turned 25, and she found herself at the frenzied frontier of a cultural phenomenon. The tattoos soon followed.

“It was really early on, actually. I had gone to Australia to do press, and somebody had David Duchovny and me on their buttocks, and were offering to show us.” She laughs. The thought of what they might look like now tickles her. “I don’t know whether we are both less… chubby-cheeked?”

Anderson has been wrangling with what is public and private for the past three decades. Recently, she has found herself having to think about it again. The X Files came back in 2016, after 14 years away, and now there is Sex Education, the Netflix teen comedy-drama in which she plays a sex therapist. “This has gone to a completely different level,” she smiles. “And it’s been a while since I’ve been in something that is so universally watched as this is. Even when I did The Fall, it was popular, but it wasn’t Netflix popular, you know? So the level of recognition has gone up to what it was when I was younger.” The trouble is that she forgets. “I’m so used to sliding under the radar that there have been some situations recently where it’s just been… a lot. Travelling with kids and stuff. You don’t want to be that person. You want to be like, ah, thanks!”

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