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