Happy 49th Birthday Gillian Anderson - 9th August 1968
“She’s a funny creature, Gillian Anderson. I warm to her for various reasons. She’s got a nice line in non sequiturs. She’s un-grand. She’s wearing an eccentric pair of white patent leather heels, a tatty old pair of combat trousers and a violet jersey. She swears brilliantly. She gets excited when a waiter carries a tray of puddings past, and races off to feed the parking meter so she can have the lemon tart brulee (‘and please get the sticky toffee pudding’). She doesn’t have a watch. She’s capable, even on a day like today, of moments of almost painful candour. Last but not least, I like her because when the interview is over, she will say goodbye and attempt to leave the restaurant not through the door, but through one of the plate-glass windows. She is, I think, not altogether cool.” (x)
Anderson: What do you know about me that I don’t know about myself? It can be a negative thing. I’m a grown-up.
Duchovny: You should not cover up your mole. You should have refused to do it in the beginning, and you should refuse now. It’s a Chris Carter thing. I know it’s not vanity for you. He deemed your face not big enough for the mole. And so for seven years, you’ve put makeup on this mole. It looks like you have a boogie. For both Scully and Gillian, the mole is fine. Oh – and it’s a beauty mark.
“I once had to say this on a show many years ago, and I truly believe it: Loneliness is a choice. I like to be alone; I’m more comfortable alone. But I do recognize that I take it too far sometimes and so I try to force myself to keep up with being sociable. I just am a bit of a lone ranger; I always have been. But I don’t believe that necessarily has to translate to being lonely. You can be lonely in a crowd of a thousand people. I can be in a hotel room on my own and not feel lonely. It all comes down to how comfortable you are with who you are in the silence.”
“We have a long-standing, deep appreciation and friendship for each other because there is nobody else on the planet that really understands exactly what we went through. If you have that, you don’t really have to act. You just stand on your mark and look at the other person and allow it to be.”
Really interesting interview on how she researched Edwina and her accent, partition, where they filmed, Meryl Streeps speech, her thoughts on activism and the difficulty of when to speak out and how Dr Who is not necessarily something she has time for……