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X-Files and Sex Educations star has a Best Supporting Actress nomination for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Crown.
Gillian Anderson looked amazingly similar to Margaret Thatcher when she played the late Prime Minister on the most recent season of The Crown. Was it ever odd for the X-Files star to look in the mirror during the shoot and see The Iron Lady staring back at her?
“Well, it was,” says Anderson, who has been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Emmy as a result of her performance on the show. “When you’re there in front of the mirror and they put the wig on for the first time, and having the particular eye shadow and the dyed eyebrows, it took your breath away. It was quite shocking and startling but it was pretty cool to have that experience.”
Below, the actress talks more about playing Thatcher, her Crown costars, and her memories of winning an Emmy back in 1997.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What research did you do prior to playing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher?
GILLIAN ANDERSON: A lot. I started reading and watching everything I could. The Crown team has a phenomenal research contingent, so I got to ask them for any obscure piece of footage or information I wanted. You just absorb as much as your brain can hold and hope it translates to something that makes sense to people who knew or experienced her. When you start to worry about serving the audience, about what what the audience may or may not want to see or hear or experience based on the majority opinion or strong trauma or whatever it is they may have gone through and wish to be reminded of, then I think one gets into trouble. You really just have to focus on the framework of the story and within that try and stay true to to the human being. When you agree to do something you basically just need to please the producers and the writers and yourself in terms of how it is that you are coming to understand this human being.
The other nominees in your category include your Crown costars Helena Bonham Carter and Emerald Fennell. So now is your opportunity to besmirch their good names, should you choose.
[Laughs] No, I’d never do that. I’ve never actually met Emerald before but I know Helena well and think she’s one of the great humans of the world, so I’d never do that.
You won an Emmy in 1997 for playing Dana Scully on The X-Files. What do you recall about that night?
I can tell you that the skirt of the dress I wore was so tight that I couldn’t walk up to the stage normally, facing frontwards. [Laughs] I didn’t know until I was actually on live TV that I was going to have to walk sideways in order to get to the podium. I remember that.
“You can have the wig and you can have the clothes and you can have the movement and you can have all of that, but if the voice is wrong you’re kind of screwed,” Emmy winner Gillian Anderson admits about the key to her uncanny portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Crown.”
Anderson reveals that once she found Thatcher’s voice, everything else began to fall into place, adding that “at the same time, it’s the voice and it’s the costume and it’s the movement and trying to get all of those working simultaneously,” she explains. Watch our exclusive video interview with Anderson above.
Anderson starred as the controversial political icon throughout the fourth season of Netflix’s flagship drama “The Crown,” which was created by Oscar, Emmy and Tony-nominated writer Peter Morgan. She joined the series’ current cast, who debuted in its third season, with Oscar winner and Emmy nominee Olivia Colman replacing Emmy winner Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Emmy nominee Tobias Menzies stepping in for Emmy nominee Matt Smith as the the late Prince Phillip, Oscar and Emmy nominee Helena Bonham Carter replacing Oscar and Emmy nominee Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, with a raft of new characters joining the fold like Emmy nominee Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and Erin Doherty as Princess Anne.
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Gillian Anderson won SAG, Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards for her role as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, and now she has been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emmy as well. And in a large field of eight contenders including two co-stars from The Crown (Helena Bonham Carter, Emerald Fennell) and four stars of The Handmaid’s Tale, she is the heavy favorite over at our sister site Gold Derby to take this prize as well.
Anderson is no newcomer when it comes to Emmys. She was nominated four times as Lead Actress for her eponymous role of Dana Scully in The X Files, and winning in 1997, and nommed again for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Bleak House in 2006. But it has been 15 years since the Emmys last acknowledged this versatile star, and it is a good bet that playing a real-life figure will bring her to the winners circle for a second time. Playing Thatcher certainly didn’t hurt Meryl Streep, who won her third Oscar for The Iron Lady, but Anderson did not consider that when taking on this role, or even reference it think about it, just as she didn’t think about Vivien Leigh when she did a production of A Streetcar Named Desire. She went her own way and found some fascinating inroads into playing her as she explains when she joins The Actor’s Side.
Gillian Anderson plays the polarizing U.K. Prime Minister with a complicated relationship to Queen Elizabeth on the Netflix drama
It’s no surprise Gillian Anderson mastered Margaret Thatcher’s unusual manner of speaking for The Crown – her Golden Globe- and SAG-winning performance started with the U.K. Prime Minister’s mouth… specifically her teeth!
In a chat with Elisabeth Moss for Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, Anderson explained that getting Thatcher’s unmistakable look right was the first step to accessing the polarizing politician as a character.
“She was notorious for having bad teeth. And because she has such an overbite, I was just wanting to explore that,” said Anderson, 52. “Everything just looked wrong.”
She explained that she and the show’s makeup artists “were thinking about teeth prosthetics, and so we tried three or four different shapes, sizes.”
Not satisfied with the options, Anderson decided to tap into her own physicality: “It became, is that something that I can just do with my mouth, and how I hold my mouth? I actually found that, yes, that was enough. And that informed how I spoke. It was actually a gift to have made that choice, because that informed everything.”
Moss, who is no stranger to awards season, told Anderson, “It’s an absolutely mind-blowing transformation. I’m very familiar with you as an actor, and I just could not see you. I just kept forgetting. You don’t seem at all hampered by the makeup or the wig.”
Quite the opposite: Anderson thanked the series’ “extraordinary” hair and makeup team in her February SAG Award victory speech for transforming her, “Thatcher helmet [hair] thing” and all.
And beyond its many awards wins, the Netflix hit has also caught the attention of a royal insider: Prince Harry himself.
“It gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that,” he told James Corden in February.
“I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family, or my wife, or myself. That [show] is obviously fiction – take it how you will. But this is being reported on as fact because you’re supposedly news.”