Intimacy and touch are not easy subjects for Gillian. When she first arrived on the set of The X-Files, aged 24, she found the physical contact of the crew hard to take.
“I’d always been such a private person, such a loner, and such a non-physical person, and all of a sudden hair, makeup, wardrobe were here at the same time. At the beginning, I couldn’t take it. I think I had some tantrums… somebody would come from behind and brush my hair and I'd literally be like, ‘Ugh’, I felt violated, it was that strong. It must, from the outside, have looked as if I was just a spoilt bitch. And I probably was.”
“It’s great. You know, it was great then, too. It’s like a sibling relationship. And I never had siblings. I had brothers and sisters that started when I was 13. So I was out of the house and didn’t have that experience. […]
"I think now we’ve grown up. We’re older. And I think we are more appreciative of the relationship, period, and the unique experience that we had together - and that we have an opportunity to continue that and foster it. We’ve always loved each other, and we’re always going to be at battle sometimes.”