Just A Minute With: Gillian Anderson on "X-Files"

Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:37pm EDT
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By Nichola Groom

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Gillian Anderson, best known for her nine-year stint as FBI Agent Dana Scully on "The X-Files," will reprise her Emmy-winning role this summer in a movie sequel based on the wildly popular science-fiction television series.

The re-awakening of the "X-Files" franchise, which enjoys a cult-like following, marks somewhat of an about-face for Anderson, 39, who said she has been spending the six years since the show's end "trying to do everything but Scully."

To that end, Anderson moved from Hollywood to London, where she has appeared in two stage productions and is preparing for a third. She has also enjoyed an award-winning turn in a 2005 television adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Bleak House," and appeared in the 2006 Oscar-winning film "The Last King of Scotland" with Forest Whitaker.

In a recent interview with Reuters, Anderson discussed coming back to the role of Agent Scully, her fears of failing on stage, and what it's like to be part of a series that became a cultural phenomenon.

Q: What was it like to come back to Dana Scully again?

A: I thought that it was going to be a breeze, and it was more challenging than I had expected. It had been such a long time and the characters had matured, and also I had been spending so much time away trying to do everything but Scully.

Q: Why try to do 'everything but Scully?'

A: Nine years is a long time when you are doing something every single day and I didn't get into this business to play Scully. My goal was to do as wide a range of things as possible. So it was just following through with what my original intention was, but it was delayed for a decade.   Continued...

<p>Cast member Gillian Anderson attends the movie premiere of "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California July 23, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on July 25. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>