Ready to head back to school?
The first photos from season 2 of Netflix’s comedy Sex Education are here — and, of course, Gillian Anderson’s Jean is looking as impeccable as always. Season 1 of the series saw socially-awkward high schooler Otis (Asa Butterfield) contend with puberty, crushes, and a sex therapist (and slightly intrusive) mother (Anderson), while also endeavoring to advise his fellow students on all things sex with the help of new friend Maeve (Emma Mackey).
When the show returns for its second season, Otis finds himself having to master his own newly-discovered sexual urges while he tries to make things work with his girlfriend Ola (Patricia Allison) and maintain an even relationship with Maeve (Mackey). Elsewhere, Otis’ bestie Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) notices his recent burst of self-confidence is attracting unfamiliar kinds of attention and things get complicated for Jean when her relationship with hot handyman Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt) is discovered and they have to figure out how to make things work with their kids (Otis and Ola) also dating.
Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher in The Crown Season Four, now in production.
— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) September 7, 2019
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!”
The gallery has been updated with the second batch of blu-ray captures from season 9 of The X-Files; thus making this section complete. Wow, talk about end of an era. Links & previews are below, enjoy!
9×11 – Audrey Pauley Captures
9×12 – Underneath Captures
9×13 – Improbable Captures
9×14 – Scary Monsters Captures
9×15 – Jump the Shark Captures
9×16 – William Captures
9×17 – Release Captures
9×18 – Sunshine Days Captures
9×19-9×20 – The Truth Captures
The gallery has been updated with HQ images from Gillian’s attendance at the Royal Windsor Cup Final; link & previews are below, enjoy!
– June 23: Royal Windsor Cup Final
The gallery has been updated with the first batch of blu-ray captures from season 9 of The X-Files; links & previews are below, enjoy!
9×01 – Nothing Important Happened Today Captures
9×02 – Nothing Important Happened Today II Captures
9×03 – Dæmonicus Captures
9×04 – 4-D Captures
9×05 – Lord of the Flies Captures
9×06 – Trust No 1 Captures
9×07 – John Doe Captures
9×08 – Hellbound Captures
9×09 – Provenance Captures
9×10 – Providence Captures
The gallery has been updated with HQ images from several recent events; links & previews are below, enjoy!
The gallery has been updated with the second batch of blu-ray captures from season 8 of The X-Files, thus making this season complete; links & previews are below, enjoy!
8×12 – Medusa Captures
8×13 – Per Manum Captures
8×14 – This Is Not Happening Captures
8×15 – Deadalive Captures
8×16 – Three Words Captures
8×17 – Empedocles Captures
8×18 – Vienen Captures
8×19 – Alone Captures
8×20 – Essence Captures
8×21 – Existence Captures
Welcome to a new version of Radiant Gillian Anderson, titled ” LA Noir”, designed by my lovely friend, Jay, at EDGE Design.
Be sure to check back soon for HD captures from Crisis and the 2nd batch of captures from season 8 of The X-Files. Thank you for visiting & enjoy your stay here!