Gillian Anderson has admitted that she initially had a hard time reprising her role as Dana Scully in the upcoming “The X-Files” revival.
“I had this locked sense of her that is stuck somewhere in those early episodes,” Anderson told Vulture last month of getting back to her character after seven years of not playing the iconic role. “So I had to get out of my head the idea that I didn’t seem like her at all, because this was the grown-up version of her.”
Good thing she realized that her natural speaking pitch was now lower than it had been during the series’ initial run from 1993 to 2002. So the moment she modulated her voice up in register for Scully, the character became more familiar to her.
The 47-year-old Emmy-winning actress last played Scully in the 2008 film “The X-Files: I Want to Believe,” and she believes that the seven year-gap between the second movie of the sci-fi franchise and the upcoming limited series is a big factor on why reprising the role had been quite difficult for her.
“It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve played her,” Anderson told TVLine in June. “I can’t remember what year the movie was, but it felt like [Scully] was further away from me than I’d thought she would be. But I’ve also worked really hard at putting her entirely to sleep, so that was successful; she’s just taken longer to wake up.”
Apparently, even after filming for the miniseries ended, Anderson still had doubts not only about her performance as Scully but about the revival as whole.
“When I watched the first episode, my reaction was, ‘Man, is this enough?'” she revealed (via Comic Book Resources) during her appearance at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto last September. “And then the expert in all things, Simon Pegg, said to me, ‘What they want is exactly what they got to begin with. It’s like comfort food. They want what you originally gave them and that will be enough.’ And that’s what you’re going to get. Hopefully, you guys will be happy, because that’s what it’s all about.”
“The X-Files” revival premieres with a special two-night event on Sunday, Jan. 24, and Monday, Jan. 25, on Fox.