Film Profile : The X Files Hex; Mighty Celt Star Gillian Anderson on Overcoming the Bad Luck in Her Life

The Mirror (London, England), August 26, 2005 | Go to article overview

Film Profile : The X Files Hex; Mighty Celt Star Gillian Anderson on Overcoming the Bad Luck in Her Life


Byline: DAMIEN FLETCHER

After battling through a divorce, several failed relationships and a flagging acting career, Gillian Anderson has, finally, turned her life around. She's now married to the man of her dreams, photographer Julian Ozanne, and is starring alongside Robert Carlyle in new British flick, The Mighty Celt,which comes out today.

Gillian, 37, admits that she's always made bad decisions when it comes to men, but she's sure she has made the right choice this time.

"It's changed from my being attracted to dangerous men," she says, "who might be an addict and completely self-destructive, to a very grounded, intelligent, sexy photo-journalist."

Her new film is a long way from the supernatural plots of The X Files, the TV series which made her name. The Mighty Celt is set among the tough estates of Belfast, and Gillian plays the mother of the film's star, a young boy who strikes up a friendship with a greyhound trainer played by Ken Stott.

But it's not only her acting CV which heavily features The X Files - her nine years on the show was also an emotionally intense experience for Gillian. She married Clyde Klotz, an art director on the series, in 1994, had a baby daughter Piper, now 10. She divorced three years later and had alleged affairs with cast members.

"I feel that it was a mixed experience," reflects Gillian. "I was expecting it to be more difficult to leave than it was. I didn't want to work again for such a long time afterwards. Just the thought of getting back onto a set seemed like the worst idea in the world. There's a certain incestuousness that takes place on a set, whether you're there two months or nine years."

The hardest thing about appearing in the show was not being able to spend enough time with Piper.

"Time was so precious to me back then and I couldn't bear to waste it," she says. "I was shooting 16-hour days and I didn't have time for my daughter, my friends or even my dog."

Despite having been rated TV's No 1 fantasy female by millions of men in numerous polls at the time, Gillian reveals that producers did not think she looked good enough for the part of Scully.

"They didn't think I looked sexy enough," she admits. "They wanted a leggy blonde with big breasts, but it dawned on them that perhaps she wouldn't look studious enough for Scully. So they ended up picking little me."

Chicago-born Gillian spent a couple of years in Puerto Rico as a child before her American parents moved to Crouch End in North London. They then went to Grand Rapids, Michigan when she was 11. Gillian was teased for her English accent and started to rebel. At 14, she had an affair with a 24-year-old punk rock singer. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Film Profile : The X Files Hex; Mighty Celt Star Gillian Anderson on Overcoming the Bad Luck in Her Life
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.