The gallery has been updated with Gillian Anderson screencaptures from second episode of The First Lady.
L’OFFICIEL Cover Star Gillian Anderson discusses preparing for her role as Eleanor Roosevelt in her latest Showtime series ‘The First Lady.’ Not one to shy away from a costume drama, Anderson delves into her past roles as Margaret Thatcher on ‘The Crown,’ and an outfit mishap while filming ‘The Great’ with Elle Fanning. Find out what’s next for the actress who’s already rumored to be an Emmy frontrunner.
Take a look in the gallery for HD screencaptures of Gillian Anderson in the first episode of The First Lady.
Eleanor commits to Franklin’s uncertain political future; Betty unexpectedly becomes second lady upon Jerry’s nomination; Michelle wrestles with the consequences of Barack becoming the first Black president of the United States.
There are times when you interview actors, and you suspect they are not so much listening to the questions you ask as waiting for their chance to plug whichever project they’re working on at the moment. (This is also frequently true of most conversations, though non-actors’ projects are typically less glamorous.) Talking to Gillian Anderson is not like that. In conversation, the actress, activist, author, and newly-minted audio show host is generous, frank, and perhaps most importantly in our case, utterly undaunted by the lack of a clear WiFi connection in the Welsh farmhouse where she is staying with her sons for their half-term break.
Anderson, who rose to a peculiar combination of both intense cult and wide global fame in the 1990s thanks to The X-Files has, rather than coasting or playing to type, spent her career becoming one of the most interesting actresses working today, both on screen and off. In recent years she’s appeared in a string of critical and audience hits playing complicated, strong women: The Fall, Sex Education, The Crown, The Great, and most recently, The First Lady, in which she plays Eleanor Roosevelt, in tandem with Viola Davis as Michelle Obama and Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford. Opportunities to play women like these don’t come along every day, Anderson says: “One kind of has to say yes before you think about it too hard.”
GILLIAN ANDERSON: I have to warn you, I’m in a farmhouse in Wales and the internet is not very good, and I’ve just come in from the side of a mountain, so we’ll just have to see how it goes!
ALESSANDRA CODINHA: No problem, what are you doing in Wales?
GA: My boys are on half term and they race mountain bikes.
AC: Do you bike along too?
AC: You’re a very good and patient mother for doing that trip, then. Congratulations, I saw you just won an Icon award at the Canneseries festival. What was that like?
GA: I mean, what I said when I was there is that one can’t really refer to oneself as an icon; it has to be stated by others. And the only way I can really think about [being an icon] at all is in relation to some of the characters that I’ve played who are historical or literary icons in a way. And that if through them that is a perception of me then—lovely!
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Red carpet magic: Gillian Anderson showed up in a wonderful shiny outfit for the Premiere of “The First Lady”. I collected some photos, hope you enjoy!
The gallery has been with additional photos of Gillian Anderson in The First Lady.
Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kiefer Sutherland, Gillian Anderson, and Dakota Fanning sit down to discuss their new Showtime original series, ‘The First Lady’
Here’s photos and video of Gillian Anderson at the Jimmy Kimmel Live show a couple days ago, where she talks her weird cake, first acting gig and The First Lady.
CBS News’ Lesley Stahl sits down with Michelle Pfeiffer (who plays Betty Ford), Viola Davis (Michelle Obama), and Gillian Anderson (Eleanor Roosevelt) about how they approached the roles of women who used the often-hidden power of their positions to change the course of history.
Gillian Anderson is reportedly developing a new project based on a historical figure, following her turn as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown.
Gillian Anderson, star of The Crown and the upcoming The First Lady, is developing a new project based on an as-yet-unannounced historical figure. Anderson’s first major break came as Agent Dana Scully on The X Files, which made her a household name. She then went on to star in a number of films, also appearing on stage in the West End and Broadway. Recently, her career has reached new heights, with a number of acclaimed television roles including Jean Milburn, the thoughtful sex therapist in Netflix’s Sex Education.
Now, according to Variety, Anderson is in the early stages of development on a new project based on a historical figure. Speaking at the Canneseries TV festival in France, Anderson explained that she is working on something new to follow her previous historical outings as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown and Eleanor Roosevelt in The First Lady. She hasn’t revealed any further details as of yet, however, and much still remains a mystery.
Having signed a first-look producing deal with Netflix for two years, this new project is sure to be a hot ticket for the streamer, as Anderson has become somewhat of a fan favorite in recent years, particularly amongst the golden 18-34 demographic. Her turns in The Crown and Sex Education have shown off not only her tendency to be hilarious but also her serious acting chops, giving the presence of Thatcher a real edge. Whether or not this new series reaches the heights of her past efforts remains to be seen, but considering her breadth of experience in the industry and her ability in front of a camera, it’s sure to be one to watch.
Anderson said she has little interest in reprising her iconic role as Dana Scully unless a project felt “new and progressive.”
With seemingly every classic film and television property being rebooted as content for streaming services, you would be forgiven for thinking another revival of “The X-Files” is inevitable. But according to star Gillian Anderson, fans shouldn’t hold their breath for more adventures with Dana Scully and Fox Mulder.
Anderson received the Variety Icon Award at CannesSeries, where she opened up about the highs and lows of playing FBI Agent Dana Scully. While she acknowledged that many fans view her “X-Files” character as something of a feminist icon, Anderson revealed that she does not necessarily see it that way.
“I don’t think it was as clear-cut in my mind as being, ‘Oh, this is a feminist character,’” Anderson said. “I think that it was more of just, ‘This is a woman that I haven’t seen before on television, and she’s so unique.’”
While “The X-Files” was notable for having a female character in such a prominent role at the FBI, Anderson lamented that the show was still a product of its time. She detailed the small ways that her character was portrayed as less competent than David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder, and said she frequently had to push back against outdated gender tropes.
“I was expected to walk behind [Duchovny] when [our characters] walked up to the front doors of the people we were investigating,” she said. “There were things that I rebelled against.”
When asked about a potential revival, Anderson did not completely close the door, but made it very clear that more “X-Files” is not a priority for her. She also referenced the show’s controversial ending, in which Agent Scully was revealed to be pregnant in a sendoff that many fans felt was bizarre and disrespectful to the character.
“It just feels like such an old idea. I’ve done it, I did it for so many years, and it also ended on such an unfortunate note,” she said. “In order to even begin to have that conversation [about another season] there would need to be a whole new set of writers and the baton would need to be handed on for it to feel like it was new and progressive. So yeah, it’s very much in the past.”
Watch the speech of Gillian Anderson, awarded with the Icon Award at Canneseries Festival.
Take a look in the gallery for HQ photos of Gillian Anderson at yesterday’s Opening Ceremony at Canneseries Festival where she received the Icon Award. Enjoy!