These two gorgeous people were reading letters and hosting a charity auction at Letters Live for The Reading Agency along with assorted other awesome celebrities yesterday.
During the book auction, Neil Gaiman pointed out that the successful bidder could also get hold of Benedict’s DNA from the book and “clone their own little Cumberbatch”, at which point Gillian licked the book to boost the price by adding a bit of her own DNA.
In the process, this epic piece of dialogue occurred:
Gillian Anderson: “£3800 for a bit of Benedict Cumberbatch!” Neil Gaiman: “…also licked by Gillian Anderson!”
The book eventually sold for £5k. I think Caitlin Moran bought it, because she has five grand to spare and I haven’t.
Also on offer I have the following goodies from the night:
‘I said,“This isn’t working for me anymore”. I made a stand and the gap in our pay closed. Was it sexism? Maybe. It’s like the way we were directed by the studios, I was to walk behind him, never side by side. I mean, that is f—ing priceless when I think about it now. When we would get out of the car and walk towards the house I would have to be behind him, even though I had equal dialogue.’
“She’s bright, strong, capable and also a fierce skeptic. Scully isn’t a skeptic to the point of blindness, she’s willing to stretch her beliefs when something proves her wrong. Without Scully, Mulder’s functionality would be severely reduced. She rescues him several times when he’s gotten himself in far over his head. He can’t turn off the drive in his brain to find things out for long enough to keep himself safe. Scully, however—her drive is to be rational, careful and competent.” – (x)
“There are huge differences in the way male and female actors are perceived,” she says. “Women have to be a certain size, in order to get good roles. And once women reach a certain age, they can only expect one or two good roles per year, whereas male actors can continue working regularly well into their forties. Then there are the types of roles available to women,” she continues. “We’re constantly depicted as sidekicks, ingenues, and hangers-on, rarely as independent and capable individuals. And the enormous, huge discrepancies in pay….the amounts that some male actors make are astronomically obscene. Women in Hollywood are constantly shown that there’s a difference between them and men, and that that’s okay. But it’s not okay.”
For Gibson, I decided I would tell the audience next to nothing about her private life, but let them learn about her little by little via the choices she makes. The actor who plays her, Gillian Anderson, was fully behind that as an idea. She wanted to keep Gibson as enigmatic as possible. That only works if you have an utterly compelling performer, and Gillian is remarkable at conveying depth of thought in any situation. - Allan Cubitt (x)