the fall of the star high school running back

Oh Hank, you piece of shit, let’s examine one of your interactions with Harry and listen to “The Fall of the Star High School Running Back” by the Mountain Goats as we do because a discussion with @unfortunateshape and the latest chapter of @doesnt-own-a-sportscoat‘s fic made me have all the feels.

Hank thought this was just going to be an opportunity to do some ordinary Harry-taunting but… wait a second… is there is there the possibility he could be even more of a heinous bitch here?

Say, isn’t that the same dazzlingly handsome out-of-towner that was cuddling Harry in the diner the other day? Oh my gosh does the sheriff have a new BEST FRIEND?

Well whoever he is, he’s just CUTE, Harry.  Just real cute.  *positions self so crotch and football trophy are suggestively aligned*

“…”

Hank, tbh the number of horrible things I imagine you are saying with this look makes me really mad at you.

Also Harry, baby, if you don’t unclench something you’re going to fucking shatter.

Everything is fine and no one is having an out-of-body stress experience right now.

There’s a very particular series of calculating faces that Dale does when he’s watching Harry have anxiety. (also this poor child he hasn’t moved since the scene started)

He is going to be so sore when he goes home tonight and he is going to have no idea why.

(Hahaha, I literally did not realize until just this moment that tonight would be the night that I speculated he Helped Coop Get Settled after they arrested Leland. #canon #busyboys #they literally never spend any time apart #i love them so much #fuck you hank)

The Mountain Goats - Song Catalog

“Bluejays and Cardinals”
02-75 (U)
15-1
15-2 (U)
25 (U)
8-20 On a Weapons Charge (U)
Abandoning My Father Talking Blues (U)
Absolute Lithops Effect
Acceptable Damages Sutra (U)
Adair (U)
Adultery
Against Agamemnon
Against Pollution
Age of Kings
Agemo’s Hoops (U)
Alabama Nova
Alagemo
Alibi
All Devils Here Now (U)
All Frosting (U)
All Rooms Cable A/C Free Coffee
All Up the Seething Coast
Alpha Aquae (U)
Alpha Chum Gatherer (U)
Alpha Compunction (U)
Alpha Desperation March
Alpha Double Negative: Going to Catalina
Alpha Gelida
Alpha Incipiens
Alpha Negative
Alpha Omega
Alpha Rats Nest
Alpha Sun Hat
Alpha in Tauris
Alphabetizing
Alphonse Mambo
Ambivalent Landscape Z
Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1
An Inscription at Salonae (U)
Animal Mask
Answering the Phone
Anti-Music Song
Anti-Witchcraft Song (U)
Any Available Surface (U)
Are You Cleaning Off the Stone?
Attention All Pickpockets
Autoclave
Azo Tle Nelli in Tialticpac?
Baboon
Bad Luck Triple Star (U)
Bad Priestess
Bad Waves
Badger Song
Balance
Baltimore (was: Song for Prince Edward III)
Beach House
Beat the Devil
Beautiful Gas Mask
Billy the Kid’s Dream of the Magic Shoes
Birth of Serpents
Birthday Song: This Time Has Come (U)
Black Molly
Black Pear Tree
Blood Capsules
Blood Royal
Blueberry Frost
Blues in Dallas
Born Ready (was: Know the Way)
Brandy Let’s Go (U)
Bride (U)
Bring Our Curses Homes
Brisbane Hotel Sutra
Broom People
Burned My Tongue
Butter Teeth
Calcutta (U)
California Song
Cao Dai Blowout
Carmen Cicero (U)
Casetino’s Nursery (U)
Catherine Antrim’s Kids
Chanson du Bon Chose
Cheshire County
Chilean Fire Barrel (U)
Chinese House Flowers
Chinese Rifle Song
Chino Love Song 1979
Choked Out
Cobra Tattoo
Cobscrook Bay
Coco-Yam Song
Cold Milk Bottle
Collapsing Stars
Color in Your Cheeks
Columns Pillars Steps
Commandante
Communicating Doors
Cotton
Counterfeit Florida Plates
Counting Song for Bitter Children (U)
Crane (U)
Creature Song
Crows
Cruiserweights
Cry for Judas
Cubs in Five
Cut Off Their Thumbs #1 (U)
Cutter (U)
Damn These Vampires
Dance Music
Daniel 12:8 (third)
Deianara Crush
Deserters (U)
Design Your Own Container Garden
Deuteronomy 2:10
Dilaudid
Dinu Lipatti’s Bones
Dirty Old Town
Distant Stations
Dogs of Clinic 17
Don’t Take the Dogs Away
Down Here
Down to the Ark (U)
Downtown Seoul
Dub Capsules
Duke Ellington
Dutch Orchestra Blues
Early Spring
Earth Air Water Trees
Edvard Munch (U)
Elijah
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (U)
Emerging
Ending the Alphabet (U)
Enoch 18:14
Estate Sale Sign
Ethiopians (U)
Etiquette Song (U)
Eugene Sue (U)
Evening in Stalingrad
Exit Portland Oregon (U)
Extreme South #1 (U)
Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace
Faithless Bacchant Song
Fall of the Star High School Running Back
Family Happiness
Fault Lines
Feed This End
Fire Editorial
First Few Desperate Hours
Flashing Lights
Flight 717: Going to Denmark
Flower Song (U)
For Denise Matthews (U)
Four New Trees (U)
Fresh Berries for You
Fresh Cherries in Trinidad
From TG&Y (U)
For Charles Bronson
Foreign Object
Full Flower
Game Shows Touch Our Lives
Genesis 3:23
Genesis 19:1-2
Genesis 30:3
Get Lonely
Ghosts (U)
Going Invisible (U)
Going Through Pomona (U)
Going to Alaska
Going to Bangor
Going to Bogotá
Going to Bolivia
Going to Brazil (U)
Going to Bridlington (U)
Going to Bristol
Going to Buffalo (U)
Going to California (U)
Going to Chino
Going to Cleveland
Going to Dade County (U)
Going to Federal Prison (U)
Going to France (U)
Going to Georgia
Going to Hell (U)
Going to Hungary
Going to Jamaica
Going to Japan
Going to Kansas
Going to Kirby Sigston
Going to Lebanon
Going to Lubbock
Going to Maine
Going to Malibu
Going to Marrakesh
Going to Mars (U)
Going to Maryland
Going to Mexico
Going to Miami (U)
Going to Michigan
Going to Monaco
Going to Morocco
Going to Norwalk
Going to Palestine (U)
Going to Port Washington
Going to Queens
Going to Reykjavik
Going to San Diego (U)
Going to Santiago
Going to Scotland
Going to Some Damned English City (U)
Going to Spain
Going to Spirit Lake (U)
Going to Tennessee
Going to Utrecht
Going to Wisconsin
Gojam Province 1968
Golden Boy
Golden Jackal Song
Good Morning to All Vultures (U)
Gravedigger
Greasepaint Friday (U)
Grendel’s Mother
Hail St. Sebastian (U)
Hair Match
Half Dead
Handball
Hardpan Song
Harlem Roulette
Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod
Hatha Haill
Have to Explode
Hebrews 11:40
Heel Turn 1 (U)
Heel Turn 2
Heights
Hello Sarah (U)
Hello There Howard
Hello, Old Rabbit (U)
Heretic Pride
High Doses #2
High Hawk Season
Historiography
History of the Church (Part 1) (U)
Home Again Garden Grove
Horseradish Road
Hotel Road
How I Left the Ministry
How to Embrace a Swamp Creature
Hye Kye (U)
I Corinthians 13: 8-10
I Hear the Planets
I John 4:16
I Know You’ve Come to Take My Toys Away
I Love You, Let’s Light Ourselves on Fire (U)
I Meant Every Word I Said in New Delhi (U)
I Samuel 15:23
I Will Grab You by the Ears
I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
I’ve Got the Sex (U)
Ice Blue
Ice Cream, Cobra Man
Idylls of the King
If England Where What England Seems, Then We Would Only Have Our Dreams (U)
If You See Light
In Corolia
In Memory of Satan
In the Corn Fields (U)
In the Craters of the Moon
In the Hidden Places
In the Shadow of the Western Hills
Indonesia
Infidelity
Insurance Fraud #2
International Small Arms Traffic Blues
Isaiah 45:23
Island Garden Song
It Froze Me
It’s All Here in Brownsville
Italian Guns (U)
Itzcuintil-Totzli Days
Jaipur
Jam Eater Blues
Jeff Davis County Blues
Jenny
Keeping House
Kittens in Mittens (U)
Korean Bird Paintings
Lab Rat Blues
Lakeside View Apartments Suite
Last Man on Earth
Leaving Home
Lemon
Let the Dogs Come Out (U)
Letter from a Motel (U)
Letter from Belgium
Like a Bullet (U)
Linda Blair Was Born Innocent
Lion’s Teeth
Liza Forever Minelli
Lonesome Surprise
Love Love Love
Love Cuts the Strings
Love Hymn to Aphrodite
Lovecraft in Brooklyn
Luna
Magpie
Maize Stalk Drinking Blood
Malevolent Cityscape X
Malevolent Seascape Y (was: Ambivalent Seascape Y
Malted Milk (U)
Marduk T-Shirt Men’s Room Incident
Masher
Matthew 11:14-19
Matthew 25:21
Maybe Sprout Wings
Michael Myers’ Resplendent
Midland
Milk Song (U)
Million
Minnesota
Minor Joan Crawford Vehicle (U)
Mole
Moon Over Goldsboro
Mosquito Repellent
Mountain Goats Busking Song (U)
Mountain Goats Shirt Song (U)
Move (Chicago 196X)
My Favourite Things (U)
Naming Day
Narakaloka
Neon Orange Glimmer Song
Never Quite Free
New Britain
New Chevrolet in Flames
New Math (U)
New Monster Avenue
New Star Song
New World Emerging Blues (U)
New Zion
Night Light
Night of the Mules
Nikki Oh Nikki (U)
Nine Black Poppies
No Children
No, I Can’t
Noche del Guajolote
Noctifer Birmingham
Nova Scotia
Oceanographer’s Choice
Old College Try
Omega Blaster
One Frozen River (U)
One Winter at Point Alpha Privative
Onions
Only Existing Footage
Ontario
Orange Ball of Hate
Orange Ball of Love
Orange Ball of Pain
Orange Ball of Peace
Orange Ball of Pride (U)
Orange Ball of Shame (U)
Orange Ball of War (U)
Original Air-Blue Gown
Oslo 1888 (U)
Outer Scorpion Squadron
Ox Baker Triumphant
Pale Green Things
Palmcorder Yajna (was: Sacrifice)
Papagallo
Passaic, 1975 (U)
Peacocks
Pennsylvanian Dutch Treat (U)
Philippians 3:20-21
Pigs That Ran Straightaway into the Water, Triumph Of
Pink and Blue
Pinklon (U)
Please Come Home to Hamngatan
Poltergeist (U)
Porcile
Prana Ferox
Predator Eyes
Process of Elimination
Programmed Cell Death
Proverbs 6:27
Prowl Great Cain
Psalms 40:2
Pseudothyrum Song
Pure Crystal (U)
Pure Gold
Pure Heat
Pure Honey
Pure Intentions
Pure Love
Pure Milk
Pure Money
Pure Sound
Quetzalcoatl Comes Through
Quetzalcoatl Eats Plums
Quetzalcoatl is Born
Quito
Radical Evil Song (U)
Raid on Entebbe (U)
Rain Song
Raja Vocative
Real Good Girlfriend (U)
Red Choral Diamond Spray (U)
Red River Valley (U)
Red Southern Curl (U)
Resonant Bell World
Ribdate
Riches and Wonders
Rockin’ Rockin’ Pet Store (U)
Rockin’ Rockin’ Twilight of the Gods
Roger Patterson Van
Romans 10:9
Rotten Stinking Mouthpiece
Running Away with What Freud Said
Saigon Shrunken Panorama (was: Song for Anonymity)
Sail Babylon Springs
Sail On
San Bernardino
Sarcofago Live
Satanic Messiah
Sax Rohmer #1
Scavenger Babies (U)
Scotch Grove
See America Right
Seed Song
Seeing Daylight
Send Me an Angel
Sendero Luminoso Verdadadero
Seneca’s Trick Mirror
Sept. 15 1983
Sept 19th Triple X Love! Love!
Shadow Song
Sheket (Be Quiet)
Short Song About the 10 Freeway
Short Song for Justin Bieber and His Paparazzi (U)
Shower (U)
Sign of the Crow 2 (U)
Sinaloan Milk Snake Song
Slow West Vultures
Snakeheads
Snow Crush Killing Song
Snow Owl
Snow Song
So Desperate
Soft Targets
Solomon Revisited
Some Other Way
Some Swedish Trees
Somebody Else’s Parking Lot in Sebastopol (was: Somebody Else’s Parking Lot in Santa Cruz)
Something Blue (U)
Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise (Trembling Blue Stars)
Song for an Old Friend
Song for Black Sabbath’s Second North American Tour (U)
Song for Cleomenes
Song for Dana Plato
Song for Dennis Brown
Song for God (U)
Song for Grey Valentine (U)
Song for John Davis
Song for Lonely Giants
Song for Mark and Joel
Song for My Stepfather (U)
Song for the Julian Calendar
Song for Roger Maris (U)
Song for the Shoreline (U)
Song for Tura Satana
Sourdoire Valley Song
Source Decay
Southwestern Territory
Southwood Plantation Road
Spent Gladiator 2
Spilling Toward Alpha
Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan
Stable Boy Song
Standard Bitter Love Song #1 (U)
Standard Bitter Love Song #4
Standard Bitter Love Song #5 (U)
Standard Bitter Love Song #6 (U)
Standard Bitter Love Song #7
Standard Bitter Love Song #8
Star Dusting
Stars Around Her
Stars Fell on Alabama
Steal Smoked Fish
Store (was: Aisle)
Straight Six
Sudden Oak Death
Sun Song
Supergenesis
Sure
Surrounded
Tahitian Ambrosia Maker
Tallahassee
Tampa (U)
Tape Travel is Lonely
Teenage World
Terminal Grain
Thank You Mario But Our Princess is in Another Castle
Thanks for the Dress
That
That Hippolytine Song (U)
The Admonishing Song
The Anglo-Saxons
The Autopsy Garland
The Bad Doctor
The Ballad of Bull Ramos
The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton
The Big Unit (U)
The Black Ice Cream Song
The Car Song (U)
The Coroner’s Gambit
The Cow Song
The Day the Aliens Came (or: Hawaiian Feeling)
The Diaz Brothers
The Doll Song (U)
The Garden Song
The Hot Garden Stomp
The House That Dripped Blood
The Lady from Shanghai
The Last Day of Jimi Hendrix’s Life
The Last Limit of Bhakti
The Legend of Chavo Guerrero
The Mess Inside
The Monkey Song
The Moon (U)
The Moon Song (U)
The Mummy’s Hand (U)
The New Potatoes (U)
The Only Thing I Know
The Pieman
The Pig Song (U)
The Plague (U)
The Recognition Scene
The River Song
The Sign
The Water Song
The Window Song
The Young Thousands
Their Will Always Be an Ireland (U)
Then the Letting Go
They Are Stone Swallowers
There Will Be No Divorce
Third Snow Song
This Magic Moment
This Year
Thucydides II-58 (U)
Tianchi Lake
Tollund Man
Tomato in the Grass (U)
Torch Song
Toolshed
Transcendental Youth
Transjordanian Blue
Treetop Song
Tribe of the Horned Heart (U)
Trick Mirror
Tug on the Line
Tulsa Imperative (U)
Twelve Hands High (was: Fit Alpha Vi) (was: Insane Horse)
Twin Human Highway Flares
Two Thousand Seasons
Tyler Lambert’s Grave (U)
Ultraviolet
Un Rêve Plus Long Que la Nuit (was: November Love Song)
Unmasked!
Until I Am Whole
Up the Wolves
US Mill
Used to Haunt
Waco
Wait for You
Warm Lonely Grave (U)
Warm Lonely Planet
Water Song II
Waving At You
We Have Seen the Enemy
We Shall All Be Healed (U)
We Were Patriots
Weekend in Western Illinois
West Country Dream
Werewolf Gimmick
White Cedar
Who You Are
Whole Wide World
Whon (U)
Wild Palm City (AKA Within You, Without You)
Wild Sage
Wishing the House Would Crash (U)
Wizard Bus a Hat
Woke Up New
World Cylinder
Wrong!
Yam, the King of Crops
Yoga
You and Me and a High Balcony (U)
You Need a Magician in Your Life (U)
You or Your Memory
You Were Cool (U)
You’re in Maya (U)
Young Caesar 2000
Your Belgian Things
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veniaebot  asked:

for the music ask meme: 5, 7, 15, 30

5: A song that needs to be played LOUD

Right now I’d have to go with You Won’t Know by Brand New. That one needs to be as loud as comfortably possible. 

7: A song to drive to

A car ride at night while driving through Fairfax with The Worry List by the Blue October changed my life a couple months back, so I’d try that song, but only at night??? Then Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen during summer days. 

15: A song that is a cover by another artist

I’ve been listening to the Loamlands cover of Fall of the Star High School Running Back by the Mountain Goats!!

30: A song that reminds you of yourself

I’ve been trying to be more positive about my self-image lately, so I’m gonna try to stick to that kind of line of thinking, because I could literally mention like so many songs that I’ve connected to myself in a negative way.

Jenny by the Mountain Goats, I think. That song encapsulates, in my opinion, the happiest safest moment of anyone’s life, and it’s basically my ideal moment. I’ve only witnessed it a couple of times. It’s really happy, and I wish I could feel like that song for the rest of my life. It’s free. It’s me when I’m happy, that’s how my brain sounds. 

Thanks for the ask! Sorry I got to it so late. 

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Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them-first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love- with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

People of the Year: The Observer 2014

Gillian Anderson - Actor

Words by: Kathryn  Bromwich

She won plaudits on stage as Blanche DuBois, and on TV screens as DSI Stella Gibson - and still found time to publish her first novel.

Six nights a week for three months - plus matinees twice a week - Gillian Anderson became faded southern belle Blanche DuBois in Tennesee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic, putting herself through three and a half hours of spiralling desperation, alcoholism and abuse.

In one performance she cut her knee open “I was literally gushing blood! It was a bit horrific for the audience,” she cackles, “I thought I would pass out.” How did she keep herself sane? “I got a lot of sleep. It was very physical, so I saw a physiotherapist and a chiropractor on a weekly basis.”

The emotional demands were considerable too. “The first night we performed in front of an audience, I thought, I can’t do any more of this. I felt like a truck had run me over. But by the end there was a sense of catharsis every night - I felt like I got all my anger out, all my tears out, so I actually felt quite peaceful after it.”

The night before we met, Anderson won the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress at the London Evening Standard theatre awards for her performance, beating stage royalty such as Kristen Scott Thomas as Electra and Helen McCrory as Medea. She is visibly moved. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a feeling of being an outsider, but it’s definitely nice to be embraced, especially by people who’s work I’ve admired for decades.”

The role is one she coveted for 30 years; aged 46, Anderson took on negotiations with the Williams Estate, which had concerns that Blanche couldn’t be “too old”. In the end, “absolutely all of the elements came together,” she says. “The Young Vic was the absolute perfect place for it, and Benedict Andrews was my first choice of director. It was a wonderful experience.”

Anderson has been particularly busy this year.  As well as her critically acclaimed turn as Blanche, she appeared in the second season of BBC2 crime drama The Fall and published her first book, a sci-fi novel, A Vision of Fire, co-written with Jeff Rovin, about a child psychologist who has to solve a series of seemingly supernatural events around the world. She has also made her first steps into directing with a short film for the Young Vic, The Departure, a mini-prequel to Streetcar.  "I've been thinking about directing for a long time. It was always going to be my next step.“

She is modest about these achievements ("it doesn’t even count”) but still, its an impressive array of talents.  Is there anything she’s really bad at?  "Oh, there are so many things that I'm bad at.  I'm bad at anything that has to do with IT.  I'm bad at remembering anything other than lines for say a play.  Just so many things.“

Anderson was born in Chicago before moving to north London until the age of 11, via 18 months in Puerto Rico.  Her family was then uprooted to America, and in 2002 she moved back to London, meaning she has now spent roughly half her life on each side of the Atlantic.  "This has always felt like home to me, even when I lived in the States,” she says softly in her precise English accent.  Changing schools and continents was a difficult experience for Anderson, who was teased for her accent and taught herself to lose it (meaning she is now fully bidialectical - a useful skill for an actor).  A rebellious teenager, she was in therapy by 14, voted by her classmates “most likely to be arrested”, and was indeed arrested on graduation night for trying to glue the locks to her school.

It’s hard to reconcile this image with the sophisticated woman in 6in stilettos and immaculate make-up ensconced amid the wooden décor and dimmed lights of Fischer’s, a luxurious German restaurant in Marylebone, central London.

Yet, the teenage rebel can be glimpsed.  Her hair is tied in a scruffy bun, her fingernails are bare and closely clipped, she is wearing head-to-toe black.  She says that beauty treatments are “a pain in the arse”, but that playing Stella Gibson in The Fall has taught her to embrace a bit more glamour.  "For a good portion of my life I downgraded my femininity.  I'm absolutely useless with my own hair and make-up.  but now on a semi-regular basis I have my hair blow-dried, and I’m a it more mindful about what I wear. Just taking care of myself.“

Now in its second year, The Fall sees Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson  close in on the serial killer played by Jamie Dornan.  It is a role that has drawn comparisons to Helen Mirren’s Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, though DSI Gibson is much more comfortable with her sexuality.  Anderson was drawn to the complexities of Gibson’s character; "Just when you think you’ve understood a little bit about her she’ll do something and you’ll go ‘Whoa, what are you doing?’ And I like that about her.”

She is curt about suggestions that the show glamorises violence against women (“I've been very outspoken about the fact that I don’t agree with that”) and becomes animated when talking about offender conviction rates: "There are still huge holes in a system where women are so afraid to come forward, and still people get cleared.  It’s highly possible that if more women were in a position to change the laws, it would be handled differently.“

Previous interviewers accounts of Anderson are split: about half say she is witty, playful and warm, the rest use words such as "icy” and “glacial”. She looks slightly bemused by this.  "It has to do with all sorts of things - how much sleep I’m getting, if my kids are sick.  It’s easy for me to become distracted and protective,  and that can come across as cold.  I don't hide things very well.“

Today she is recovering from the Evening Standard awards after party organised by Evgeny Lebedev and Sienna Miller ("four hours of sleep are not enough”), but despite the hectic day she is polite and attentive, pondering each question carefully and frequently breaking into laughter.

After the gloom of the Fall and the emotional turmoil of Streetcar, she would like to take on something light-hearted.  "There’s a dearth of comedy anyway, and they don’t generally come my way.  I don’t know what I need to do to prove to people that I can be funny.“  I ask her to tell a joke and she immediately starts trotting them off.  "Why did the hedgehog cross the road?  To visit his flatmate.”  "What did the zero say to the eight? nice belt!“  She cracks up.  "That’s the level of joke I can do.”

So what is she starring in next?  Internet rumours that’ll she be in a film called The Curse of the Buxom Stumpet appear to be misguided (“Oh my gosh, is that still on there?”) but she is “in conversations" about a couple of projects including a new York run of Streetcar and a third season of The Fall.

I remind her that is 1983 she starred in her high-school production of Arsenic and Old Lace as Officer Brophy, a minor role.  What acting advice would she give herself back then?  "If it was blind instinct that drove me to even audition, my advice would be, 'Pay attention to your instincts.’”

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Source: The Guardian

She is modest about these achievements (“it doesn’t even count”) but still, it’s an impressive array of talents. Is there anything she’s really bad at? “Oh, there are so many things that I’m bad at. I’m bad at anything that has to do with IT. I’m bad at remembering anything from my actual life other than lines for, say, a play. Just so many things.”

Anderson was born in Chicago before moving to north London until the age of 11, via 18 months in Puerto Rico. Her family was then uprooted to America, and in 2002 she moved back to London, meaning she has now spent roughly half her life on each side of the Atlantic. “This always felt like home to me, even when I lived in the States,” she says softly in her precise English accent.

Changing schools and continents at the age of 11 was a difficult experience for Anderson, who was teased for her accent and taught herself to lose it (meaning she is now fully bidialectical – able to switch between British and American accents – a useful skill for an actor). A rebellious teenager, she was in therapy by 14, voted by her classmates “most likely to be arrested”, and was indeed arrested on graduation night for trying to glue the locks to her school.

Chris Carter, creator of The X Files, said that when he cast her she looked “like she could have been an Occupy protester.” It’s hard to reconcile this image with the sophisticated woman in 6in stilettos and immaculate make-up ensconced amid the wooden decor and dimmed lights of Fischer’s, a luxurious German restaurant in Marylebone, central London.

Yet, the teenage rebel can be glimpsed. Her hair is tied in a scruffy bun, her fingernails are bare and closely clipped, she is wearing head-to-toe black (“I just scrambled something together”). She says that beauty treatments are “a pain in the arse”, but that playing Stella Gibson in The Fall has taught her to embrace a bit more glamour in everyday life.

“For a good portion of my life I downgraded my femininity. I’m absolutely useless with my own hair and makeup.” There was going to be a scene in the first season where Stella blow-dries her hair, she says, but, “I was burning my neck and couldn’t coordinate it – the whole crew was laughing at me, so it was cut. Now on a semi-regular basis I have my hair blow-dried, and I’m a bit more mindful about what I wear when I’m going out of the house. Just taking care of myself.”

Now in its second year, The Fall sees Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson close in on the serial killer played by Jamie Dornan. It is a role that has drawn comparisons to Helen Mirren’s Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, though DSI Gibson is much more comfortable with her sexuality. Anderson was drawn to the complexities in Gibson’s character: “Just when you think you’ve understood a little bit about her she’ll do something and you’ll go, ‘Whoa, what are you doing?’ And I like that about her.”

She is curt about suggestions that the show glamorises violence against women (“I’ve been very outspoken about the fact that I don’t agree with that”) and becomes animated when talking about offender conviction rates: “There are still huge holes in a system where women are so afraid to come forward, and still people get cleared. It’s highly possible that if more women were in a position to change the laws, it would be handled differently.”

Previous interviewers’ accounts of Anderson are split: about half say she is witty, playful and warm, the rest use words such as “icy” and “glacial”. She looks slightly bemused by this. “It has to do with all sorts of things – how much sleep I’m getting, if my kids are sick. It’s easy for me to become distracted and protective, and that can come across as cold. At the awards last night my dress felt like it was falling off, so I look very serious in the pictures. I can’t stand there and smile as if I’m having the time of my life if I feel like my boobs might fall out. I don’t hide things very well.”

Today she is recovering from the Evening Standard awards after-party organised by Evgeny Lebedev and Sienna Miller (“four hours of sleep are not enough”), but despite the hectic day she is polite and attentive, pondering each question carefully and frequently breaking into laughter. She is un-chaperoned by a PR, arrives early, and talks for an hour, well over the prescribed 40 minutes.

After the gloom of The Fall and the emotional turmoil of Streetcar, she would like to take on something more light-hearted. “There’s a dearth of comedy anyway, and they don’t generally come my way. I don’t know what I need to do to prove to people that I can be funny.” I ask her to tell a joke and she immediately starts trotting them off. “Why did the hedgehog cross the road? To visit his flatmate.” “What did the zero say to the eight? Nice belt!” She cracks up. “That’s the level of joke I can do.”

So what is she starring in next? Internet rumours that she’ll be in a film called The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet appear to be misguided. “Oh my gosh, is that still on there? Somebody sent me that script years ago, and it had Ian McKellen and Judi Dench attached to it so I said yes.” But she is “in conversations” about a couple of projects, including a New York run of Streetcar and a third series of The Fall.

I remind her that in 1983 she starred in her high-school production of Arsenic and Old Lace as Officer Brophy, a minor role. She roars with laughter: “I hardly remember anything about that at all.” What acting advice would she give herself, back then? “If it was blind instinct that drove me to even audition, my advice would be, ‘Pay attention to your instincts.’”