Posted on February 14th, 2012 by Gillian Anderson Online

The Prince of Wales is planning to work with someone to improve his speech-making, says Gillian Anderson, the star of The X-Files.

The Prince of Wales has been giving speeches for 40 years, but he is not too proud to ask for assistance in improving his technique.

Prince Charles met Gillian Anderson, the star of The X-Files, at a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birth.

“His Royal Highness was saying how he was actually interested in reading and practising reading himself – reading out loud from Dickens and other literature that is,” says the actress. “So he was thinking about working with somebody to improve and be more confident with his public speaking with regards to literature.”

Speaking at the WilliamVintage pre-Baftas dinner at the St Pancras Renaissance hotel, Anderson insists that the “somebody” will not be her. “I don’t think he was asking me,” she says modestly.


Posted on February 14th, 2012 by Gillian Anderson Online

No one, as far as I know, has come to the Berlinale in search of Gillian Anderson, the strawberry-blonde vixen who set millions of hearts aflutter — and not just male ones — with her role in the supernaturally beloved ’90s show The X-Files. But Anderson has surprised those of us who love her by showing up — in small roles, but still — in two films here, James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer and Ursula Meier’s Sister. In Shadow Dancer, a thriller set in early-‘90s Belfast, she’s a British secret-service officer who squares off against a colleague (played by Clive Owen). In Sister, she’s the well-heeled patron of a tony Swiss ski resort — and a mom — who befriends a young thief and rapscallion who barely knows what it means to be a child.

Anderson hasn’t really been in hiding. She was one of the best things — perhaps the only good thing — in last year’s Johnny English Reborn, and she recently played Miss Havisham in the British TV adaptation of Great Expectations. She chooses her roles carefully and doesn’t seem particularly attracted to big Hollywood vehicles — though it’s more likely that Hollywood isn’t particularly interested in her, which is certainly its loss.

There are plenty of movies to parse and examine here at the Berlinale, but at dinner last night with some colleagues (who happened to be guys), Anderson came up in the conversation, and we just looked at one another: “Gosh! Isn’t she something?” is the gist of what we said. Perhaps we love her more because she shows up so infrequently and so fleetingly, like a ginger comet. Her role in Shadow Dancer is small and tokenlike, but it’s interesting for its metallic coldness, not a quality we usually associate with Anderson. Then again, maybe it’s really just a mirror angle of the clinical skepticism she brought to the role of Dana Scully in The X-Files: She’s good at playing characters who can turn the warmth off when it gets in the way of the goal at hand, and in Shadow Dancer, she plays a character who’s all about goals.

In Sister, Anderson isn’t strawberry blonde but truly blonde, and the first glimpse we get of her is a mane of glorious, rich-girl hair. At first I could see only the oblique planes of her face and, not knowing she was in the movie, I thought to myself, “Could it be…?” Her role is small but potent: Her character, skiing at the resort with her own kids, meets the young thief Simon (played, beautifully, by a kid actor named Kacey Mottet Klein), and the two are immediately charmed by each other. He pretends to be a the son of the resort’s owner, when really he’s a mighty mite of a hustler who scrambles to make a living for himself and his sister (Léa Seydoux).

Anderson scrutinizes his face as he advertises this fanciful false background — you can see, in this tiny but potent scene, that she’s amused by him and yet somehow, instinctively, she also feels protective. It’s not that she doesn’t believe his tale (she seems to buy it all); it’s that her better judgment tells her that this kid is in need of something, and though she can’t be the one to provide it, she grants him the kindest gift she can: She takes him seriously, reacting to him as if he were the miniature adult he’s trying so desperately to be, meeting him on his own scrappy turf.

That’s a lot to pack into a few small scenes, and it’s a bit frustrating that her character’s role in the drama isn’t better worked out — her final encounter with Simon doesn’t feel true to the woman we met earlier. On the whole, the picture is unevenly worked out, but it’s ultimately touching, thanks to the bittersweet grace notes scattered throughout. Anderson is one of those grace notes; her presence is as subtle as a sigh, but it’s the kind that sticks with you long after the credits roll.


Posted on February 9th, 2012 by Gillian Anderson Online

Exclusive: Following on from our major scoop on SyFy’s upcoming series Defiance, TVWise has learned that Gillian Anderson was briefly considered for one of two roles in the series.

According to a source at SyFy, Gillian Anderson was considered for the role of either Amanda, who is the Mayor of Defiance and has been described as being in her 40′s, Human and very sexy; or Stahma, a Lady Macbeth type character, who is not satisfied with her husband’s station in Defiance and feels he (and by extension, she) should have more power. She comes from old money and is very cunning and arrogant, with a sense of entitlement.

This information first reached TVWise late last week and we have been working hard over the last few days to confirm the situation. At the time the information first reached us it was unclear whether or not SyFy, or series producer Universal Cable Productions, had reached out to Gillian’s agent(s) regarding the role. After making contact with CAA in Los Angeles and Independent Talent in London (both agencies represent Gillian Anderson) we were able to confirm that neither agency had heard from SyFy or UCP regarding this project.

Upon again speaking to the source who first gave us the information, they confirmed that it was unlikely that SyFy or UCP did reach out. I’m told Gillian’s name was one of many suggested by the creators and executives at the studio. However, the producers quickly moved onto other options as they believed that she was ”not likely to accept, as she is living in London and has shown no real interest in doing episodic television.” That last statement, however, proves to be incorrect as Gillian just signed up for a lead role in BBC Two’s upcoming series The Fall. Regardless, even if UCP were to approach Gillian’s agents it’s unlikely she would be able to accept the project now, as she is committed to shooting The Fall in Northern Ireland through June, while production on Defiance is slated to begin in April.


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