The X-Files

Star on why she loves play­ing FBI Agent Dana Scully (even af­ter 25 years)

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Community Table - By Ali­son Abbey

Even af­ter a suc­cess­ful run as Stella Gib­son on the BBC’s The Fall, Gil­lian An­der­son is still best known as the skep­ti­cal Agent Dana Scully, a role she re­turns to again and again, most re­cently in an X-Files au­dio se­ries (the sec­ond in­stall­ment, Stolen Lives, is avail­able Oct. 3; $25, au­di­ble.com). The U.K.based ac­tress, au­thor and mom of three, 49, talked to Pa­rade from the set of the show’s 11th sea­son, de­but­ing in 2018.

When you were mak­ing the orig­i­nal se­ries, did you think it would have this kind of legacy?

We knew we were in­volved in some­thing that was per­ceived as iconic, and that it would last in that sense. Ev­ery time we come back to­gether again, we look at each other a little bit side­ways. “Oh my God, here we go again. Can you be­lieve it?” And won- de­r­ing at what point are peo­ple just go­ing to say, “Come on, guys, give us a break. You’re too old.” But Bt when it’s in Au­di­ble form, we are per­pet­u­ally in our late 30s.

The fan base must be a wide age range.

When some­one says they’re a huge fan, my first ques­tion is of­ten, “How old were you when you dis­cov­ered this?” Some of them say, “I dis­cov­ered it on Net­flix or Ama­zon.” Some were in­tro­duced by their par­ents when the re­boot came out [last year].

Has Dana Scully be­come a part of you?

When we started shoot­ing, I was 24, and I had to re­ally pull my­self up by my boot­straps and just show up with in­tegrity and not be self­pi­ty­ing about the hours and the in­ten­sity of the things that were asked of me. I de­vel­oped a very strong work ethic. And that [role] in­flu­enced the type of fe­male that I was in­ter­ested in em­body­ing from that point on.

What in­spired you to write We: A Man­i­festo for Women Ev­ery­where?

I had this thought that I’m sure at some point we all have, which was, why are we strug­gling so much with the same is­sues, the same lev­els of

The X-Files sea­son 11: Mul­der (David Du­chovny) and Scully (An­der­son) to­gether again

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