Though many struggling actors yearn for the security of a long-running television series, Gillian Anderson seems to be a believer in the old adage about being careful what you wish for. Just ask her about her time on the cult favorite series The X-Files.
Stella magazine recently interviewed Anderson while promoting her upcoming film Straightheads. Though many fans miss the sci-fi show, Anderson certainly isn’t one of them. She reportedly told Stella “I spent nine years on a film set, nine f***ing years! To begin with it was all right, but gradually it all became incredibly gossipy and incestuous. It’s like living in this disgusting microcosm when everything becomes condensed like that.”
When the interviewer suggests that it couldn’t have been that bad since she stayed so long, Anderson replied, “What are you talking about? 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 last audition — when I didn’t even know if I’d got the part. Back then I was all innocent and I thought, ‘Wow, that sounds wonderful.’ But then, when I started, I realized 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.”
When Anderson did finally leave The X-Files, she vowed never again to be part of a long-running series. But, if the right project came along would she not even consider another show? Anderson says “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 things that’s destroying society as far as I’m concerned.”
Hmmm. It’s a good thing that the upcoming X-Files project is a big-screen film. If it was a made-for-TV project, I don’t think we’d be seeing Agent Scully again any time soon. Stay tuned!