In My Words: Gillian Anderson

March 12, 2012 at 9:52 am , by

Latest role. Playing Miss Havisham in the PBS miniseries Great Expectations. I love getting paid to be a nut job.

On moving between America and Britain, where I live now. I was born in the United States, spent my formative years in the United Kingdom, then moved to Michigan when I was 11. Initially I was excited about the adventure. I didn’t take into account how much my Britishness would set me apart.

What’s British and what’s American about me. I was just in Los Angeles and the sun was shining and I was smiling a lot. I feel like I’m a nicer person when I’m in America. The British side of me is grumpier.

The difference between raising boys and girls. Night and day. With my sons [Oscar, 5, and Felix, 3], if there’s something to climb, it will be climbed; if there’s something to break, it will be broken; if there’s something on a surface, they will knock it off. When my daughter [Piper, 17] was young, all she wanted to do was color.

Costar with whom I’ve had the most chemistry.  It has to be David Duchovny on The X-Files. There was nothing—including ourselves—that could get in the way of it.

Favorite retreat. Anybody else’s home. The only time I can relax is when I’m not anywhere near things to be done. Sitting around someone else’s pool equals magazine time.

Watch the trailer for Great Expectations

—Kate Meyers

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  2. Gillian is an outstanding actress. I can’t wait to watch her performance in Great Expectations. I just wish they would give Oscars to a person as a great talent on television as well as movies. To me she is a better actress than anybody on the big screen. I hope someday she will appear in a movie that will grant her an Oscar. I think that she was given a bad deal when she was overlooked for her character in The House of Mirth. She can out acted Julia Roberts any old time, who go the Oscar that year.

  3. She’s one of the most uniquely beautiful women I have ever seen. She is obviously talented. She lost me with one of the most unpatriotic, stupid, and childish comments I’ve ever heard. She said she would vote for obama no matter who ran against him. Now …most people understand he is destroying America but that aside….to say that about anyone is pure stupidity. She needs to stay in the UK. No reason for her to fly over here and cast her vote against America. I always considered her “flighty” but now I see she’s down right distorted.

  4. Exclusive delirium, in my opinion

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