Gillian Anderson hated 'X-Files'
Saturday, April 21 2007, 09:51 BST (04:51 ET)
By Daniel Kilkelly
Gillian Anderson has confessed that she hated her time on The X-Files and will never appear in another TV series.
The actress insisted that the only reason she played Agent Scully for nine years was because she enjoyed the financial rewards of starring on the show.
"I couldn't get out of it. I didn't have a choice. I had to sign a contract for five-and-a-half-years before I even went to my first audition - when I didn't know if I'd got the part," Gillian told Stella magazine. "Back then I was all innocent and I thought, 'Wow that sounds wonderful.'
"But then, when I started, I realised I'd be in a Canadian wood working 16 hours a day for nine months a year. And the reason I stayed so long was because the only way I could get more money was to commit myself to doing it for another couple of years."
Asked about future TV projects, she replied: "Oh, shut the f*** up! Are you kidding me? My God, I don't even watch television. I don't like television. I never have liked it. The whole concept of sitting down in front of a TV feels like one of the things that's destroying society, as far as I'm concerned."
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April 30, 2007 Monday
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HEADLINE: ANALYSE THIS... ACTRESS GILLIAN ANDERSON
BYLINE: by MARK ANSTEAD **
DO YOU LIKE BEING FAMOUS?
THE nature of an actor's life can be harrowing -- you put yourself 'out there' so much and you have to expose yourself, even in an audition.
Then when you land a part you're in the public eye and there are interviews -- it's a weird balance between what's real and what's not real. I often wonder why the work has to have all this other rubbish attached to it.
DO YOU FEEL ENGLISH OR AMERICAN?
IT'S confusing because I am so variable in my accent and culture. I may sound English but I'm not -- it's an illusion. When I'm in the States as soon as I'm talking to someone with an American accent I go to it. If I hear something in my ear, be it Australian or Scots, I will start to use that accent, which is embarrassing really. I don't know why that is.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST REGRET?
MY DAUGHTER Piper had to sacrifice a lot when I was filming The X Files and she spent a lot of time on set. We all operated under the impression that it was enough for me to come back to the trailer for 20 minutes while they were setting up lights, but I was distracted and she had a hard time. Ever since I stopped filming The X Files I've been trying to prioritise my relationship with her. She lives with her father in Vancouver and I travel over there a lot, but I also love to be over here, so my life is all broken up.
ARE YOU AN OPEN BOOK WHEN IT COMES TO EMOTIONS?
I CRY a lot. I seem to have a huge bucketful of grief I can tap into at any moment. But it's not about anything in my memories -- I just carry it around with me.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
A FEW years ago I did two plays in New York and started having major panic attacks.
I start to shake and I start to project forward the idea that maybe I don't know my lines and I'm not sure what's going to happen next.
The first time I had one it felt like someone had given me drugs. I started to worry it was going to happen again.
The directors were very sympathetic and now my biggest question to them before I take on a part is how they handle actors having panic attacks. I want to make sure if it happens again I will be safe.
GILLIAN ANDERSON, 38, was born in the U.S. and raised in England until the age of 11, when her parents moved to Michigan. In 1993 she took up her role as Dana Scully in the long-running sci-fi series The X-Files. She has two children -- 12-year-old Piper from her short-lived marriage to X-Files assistant art director Clyde Klotz, and three-month-old Oscar with her boyfriend, businessman Mark Griffiths. In 2004 she married former journalist Julian Ozanne but they divorced last year.
WHAT SINGLE THING WOULD IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE?
NOT having to contend with the Press. A few years ago the worst article ever came out about me though I had thought the interviewer a very nice man. I have had photographers chase me and crash into my car just to get my reaction on camera. I wouldn't mind if it were only me but I also have my child to protect.
WHAT WAS YOUR
MOMENT OF DESPERATION?
WHEN I lost nearly two years of hard work after my laptop was stolen. I'd been working on adapting a book called The Speed Of Light by Elizabeth Rosner. I was going off on holiday to Africa and I thought, 'before I go I must put it on a disc'. But then I fell down the stairs and injured my back, and the only thing I could bring myself to do before leaving was e-mail it to myself as an attachment. Unbeknown to me if you don't log in to your account you lose it after 27 days. It was a paralysing situation to find myself in.
FROM the age of 14 I have been in therapy, and one day I'll be able to say why, but not now. I just think life is about dark and light and one is necessary for the other. We're moving so fast in our lives to gain things materially we sometimes forget all the miracles. It's very important to live in the present.
WHAT ARE THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD TELLING YOU?
'DON'T give up for a miracle.' I have a tendency to just screw things up. I go from doing that to being in a place of inner peace and neutrality, and being able to appreciate my life.
When I receive criticism I ask myself, why is this person in my life at the moment? What is it that I'm supposed to be learning?
When you realise they are often as afraid as you are, you can have compassion and that changes the energy of the situation.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?
I BELIEVE there is so much more that we aren't aware of on a daily basis and that our abilities as human beings are so much vaster than we give ourselves credit for.
Most of the time, we are preoccupied with the distractions of the world, whether it's work, things, people or gossip.
We don't allow ourselves to be quiet enough to allow true joy and full happiness to settle into our world. And we're not aware of our brain capacity, of how much more of our brains we could use -- telekinesis, ESP, past lives and so on.
Lembit hits the road for those cheeky weekends
By Henry Deedes
Published: 30 April 2007
Margaret Beckett will soon have a rival MP vying for her title as Westminster's patron saint of caravanning.
He is Lembit Opik, the Cheeky Girl enthusiast and increasingly bizarre frontbencher for the Liberal Democrats.
Opik has told friends he's due to take delivery of a swish new customised motor home which he plans to use for summer holidays with his girlfriend Gabriela Irimia. The pair apparently spotted it when Opik recently opened a mobile home exhibition in Shrewsbury for Salop Leisure.
"It's a bloody great monster of thing. Lembit's really excited about it," says a chum. "He and Gaby are planning to tootle round the UK in it during the summer break for a month or so. Gaby can't wait. In fact the whole idea of buying one was her idea."
Opik is already something of a linchpin in the caravanning community as he acts as a parliamentary adviser to the Caravan Club of Great Britain. He's hoping his new vehicle will be ready for the club's centenary celebrations that take place towards the end of May.
Once he takes delivery, Opik will be joining quite a burgeoning stable of parliamentary caravan enthusiasts. Along with Beckett, The Sun's political editor George Pascoe-Watson also likes to choose his own bedroom view on holiday. He bought a trailer last year to share romantic breaks with his Sky presenter girlfriend Kay Burley.
Heartless hacks get Gillian all aflutter
Gillian Anderson is claiming to have suffered a gross invasion of her privacy.
The former X-Files actress says she's fed up with journalists stealing her daily jottings from her personal website.
"I have not written on the site because I have quite frankly been afraid to," she writes. "I was shocked, or rather appalled that my last entry of ramblings was published. What happened? When did everything and everything become mass public consumption? What happened to permission? I am so naive. So needless to say I'm a bit flummoxed ... ? Angry about the situation and what is safe to write about any more."
Anderson's plea for Fleet Street to divert its prying eyes from her site smacks of wishful thinking. Last year, the page delivered them a "scoop" when she used it to announce she was pregnant with her second child.
Pull the other one, Hugh
There was one thing particularly odd about the alleged incident which took place last week involving Hugh Grant, a paparazzo and a package of baked beans.
Grant has been accused of lobbing a "tub" of beans at the photographer. But baked beans, traditionally, are usually sold in a tin.
It's left the bigwigs over at food giants Heinz baffled.
"We can't work it out for the life of us," says a spokesman. "It's not a packaging we use, nor any other brands to our knowledge.
"We can only assume Mr Grant has gone and placed his beans in some sort of fancy tupperware, which is quite unnecessary now that our all cans come with an optional ring-pull."
Whiff of truth
The Mirror's pooterish former Royal correspondent James Whitaker claims to have lost none of the instinct which once made him Britain's greatest columnist (though he said so himself).
"I do believe I am the only journalist to this day who knew William and Kate Middleton would never marry," he said modestly at the launch of Roger Cook's new book, Dangerous Ground. "Fern Britton and I had a bet on it, and she recently announced live on her show that I had been correct."
Whitaker, now a fixture on the daytime TV show This Morning, is proving his powers of prescience to be bordering on the spooky.
In his farewell column back in 2003, he rightly predicted "like a bad smell, I'll never really go completely."
Nyman scores for QPR
At long last, the modish classical composer Michael Nyman has finally given Queen Park Rangers football club something to cheer about.
For the past two years, Nyman has been promising to pen a special terrace anthem in honour of his beloved "Hoops." Since the championship club have recently avoided the calamity of relegation, Nyman's quill has now sprung into action.
"You've encouraged me to do it," he says when I get in touch. "To celebrate John Gregory's confounding of the critics, and QPR's continuing presence in the Championship, I will now fulfil my promise to write an anthem."
The news will be a particular boost for the club's fans. For the past few years they've had to suffer rubbish football, boardroom upheavals and the club's continued association with Pete Doherty.
Portrayed As X-Bad Girl
Writes a blog about how the media has been treating her
By MICHAEL HINMAN
Source: Dark Horizons
If some fans were to go by the entertainment media, they would think that Gillian Anderson looks back at her days on "The X-Files" as the worst experience anyone can ever have. But fans shouldn't go by the entertainment media, Anderson recently said in a blog post meant to finally right the ship on her feelings about the show.
Anderson posted on her official Web site that she has not been given a fair shake when it comes time to talk about "The X-Files," both past and future. While the days were grueling, and she never worked as hard as she did on "The X-Files," the show remains one of the major highlights of her career, Anderson said.
"What usually happens is that they ask about the long hours ... I say, 'Yes, they were long.' They say, 'But you have said that at times it was a living hell,' and I say, 'Yes, at times it was. It was insane, and long and wet and all that, but there were good times, too,'" Anderson wrote. "So the dilemma, do I go on explaining the X-F contract/salary details -- as if [the reporter] really cares -- all the while injecting positive quips about the show and how grateful I am, or do I cut it short because I really don't want to be in this conversation yet again even though I know that no matter how nicely I request the end, it will -- especially in this situation -- be contorted to fit the snippy mood of the journalist. None of this has much of anything to do with my experience on the series, let alone me as a person."
Anderson said the series went on a lot longer than anyone expected it would, and that there were times when she hated the show, and when she loved it. However, in terms of regretting ever do the show, Anderson said "not for a second."
"Did David [Duchovny] and I hate each other? At times, yes, like any brother and sister, husband and wife, co-worker and co-worker forced to spend that much time together under such strenuous circumstances," Anderson said. "Do we hate each other now? Not in the least."
Anderson ended what was definitely a frustrated blog with a bit of humor, showing that she is more than interested in taking up another X-Files film nearly 10 years after the last one.
"Do I imagine that when we do the film together, we won't hate each other for a few hours during the filming? No. We will. Vehemently," Anderson said. "As David waits patiently, again and again, for the hair dryer to calm my frizzy hair between takes so it matches the beginning of the scene, he will undoubtedly be thinking, 'What the hell was I thinking agreeing to shoot with her fucking frizzy hair again?
"But we will also love each other and laugh with each other and pull pranks on each other and bug each other like we did for nine years. And that's that."
Anderson: "I didn't hate 'The X-Files'"
Monday, April 30 2007, 12:03 BST
By Nick Levine, Entertainment Reporter
Gillian Anderson has responded to headlines that she hated her time on The X-Files.
The 38-year-old actress was so enraged by recent reports that she regretted her nine years on the show that she posted a message on her official website to clarify her feelings.
She said of The X-Files: "The series went on for a long time - longer than any of us had anticipated or some of us had wished. It was the hardest work I will ever do in my life. I hope for the sake of my children and my sanity that I never have to work that hard again.
"Did I hate it? At times yes. Did I love it? At times yes. Did I regret it or do I regret it now? Not for a second."
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