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Gillian Anderson on The X-Files revival: "It's strange to be back"

06.18.2015
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It's been many years since Gillian Anderson last stepped into the shoes of Dana Scully, but the process of putting them back on did not go as smoothly as Anderson had hoped. The X-Files revival series is currently shooting in Vancouver and the actress spoke with TVLine where she described the initial difficulties in returning to her most iconic role:

It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve played her, I can’t remember what year the movie was, but it felt like [Scully] was further away from me than I’d thought she would be. But I’ve also worked really hard at putting her entirely to sleep, so that was successful; she’s just taken longer to wake up.

The revival series will consist of six-episodes, but at the moment Anderson has only seen the scripts for the first two. The experience of returning to the world of The X-Files has been a good one, but Anderson also commented that it's "strange to be back here. This is a lot of flashbacks, a lot of deja vu, a lot of remembering dynamics — and it’s… a thicker substance to wade through than I’d thought.Gillian Anderson was then asked to describe the season premiere in three words:

‘Slow.’ ‘Intense.’ And it’s setting groundwork, so it’s got a particular role to play. It does exactly what it needs to do. What’s a single word for fulfilling that requirement? ‘Functional’? ‘Appropriate’? ‘Functional’ works. Slow, intense and functional!

As to how Agent Scully may have changed during her absence from our screens, Anderson struggled to come up with an appropriate response beyond saying "She's older! She aged!" but added that "anything I say is going to sound like something you’re not going to want to watch. But that’s not the case, it’s just… I don’t even know. That’s a hard one. I appreciate the question, but I can’t answer it."

The X-Files will return to Fox on January 24, 2016. So far we know that Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will be joined by returning cast-members Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis in addition to newcomers Joel McHale and Annet Mahendru.

Source: TVLine

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9:38AM on 06/19/2015
I'm going to find this hard to get back in to. I've forgotten so much of how the series ended as I only continued watching it out of loyalty following Duchovny's departure. Anderson seemed to be phoning it in after that and I never warmed to the two replacements - I only recall one decent episode where Doggett gets shot in a parallel dimension or something and the lady partner inexplicably (well she did have some special sense, I guess) worked out what happened. I'm still to see the last
I'm going to find this hard to get back in to. I've forgotten so much of how the series ended as I only continued watching it out of loyalty following Duchovny's departure. Anderson seemed to be phoning it in after that and I never warmed to the two replacements - I only recall one decent episode where Doggett gets shot in a parallel dimension or something and the lady partner inexplicably (well she did have some special sense, I guess) worked out what happened. I'm still to see the last movie... don't know if Mulder is still a wanted man and didn't the CSM die?
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5:18AM on 06/19/2015
She will be awesome! Still will miss the iconic hair style, but with her commitment to Hannibal I understand, plus who has ever known a lady to keep a hair style for over a decade!
She will be awesome! Still will miss the iconic hair style, but with her commitment to Hannibal I understand, plus who has ever known a lady to keep a hair style for over a decade!
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8:37PM on 06/18/2015
It'll be nice to see them on screen again like it was seeing them together again in X-Files: I Want to Believe.
It'll be nice to see them on screen again like it was seeing them together again in X-Files: I Want to Believe.
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8:33PM on 06/18/2015
Still hot, but woulda loved to see the red hair return.
Still hot, but woulda loved to see the red hair return.
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