November GA FAQ 11/01/94. Edition 1.02
All grammar and typing errors are mine, etc. The FAQ will get updated monthly and
will be posted monthly like the other FAQ's.
Any questions or new information, send it my way, which is:
Alan Sawyer - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All quotations and such are taken without permission, yatta yatta yatta...... Well on the FAQ...
1. Who is Gillian Anderson?
Gillian Anderson is the actress who plays Special Agent Dana Scully, on the Fox Network's "The X-Files" on Friday nights.
2. How is Gillian pronounced?
3. Where does she come from?
Gillian was born on August 9, 1968 in Chicago, IL,
to Ed and Rosemary Anderson and is one of 3 children.
She lived in Puerto Rico, and then in London, so her father could attend a film school there (Her family still owns a flat there). At age 11 she moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she attended elementary and then high school.
She then moved to Chicago where she went to college and
once she had gained her BFA she then moved to New York, N.Y. where she made several theater performances and then to
Los Angeles in about '91/'92.
Upon gaining the role of Dana Scully, Gillian then relocated to Nth Vancouver, Canada where she now resides with her husband
4. What is her educational background?
Gillian attended Fountain Elementary and then City High in
Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduating in 1986 she moved to
Chicago and attended the Goodman Theater School at DePaul University (a major theater conservatory), in Chicago, IL where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While attending DePaul Uni,
she also studied at the summer program at the National Theater of Great Britain at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
5. Vital Statistics?
Gillian is 5'2 ", smallish build, auburn hair, hazel eyes (although they appear to change color regularly,
but that is probably due to different lighting) cute nose, fair complexion(slightly freckled), perfect lips,
yatta yatta yatta ;)
6. Is Gillian married?
Yes, <sigh> after an engagement that lasted "shorter than a
month but longer then a week," with, well she wants it kept quiet
.... Anyway they met on the set of the X-Files where he worked for several of the early episodes and the couple tied the knot on
New Years Day('94) on a golf course in Hawaii.
"We kept it very, very small. In fact, it was just the two of us and a Buddhist priest on the 17th hole of this golf course
7. Is Gillian pregnant?
She was yes.
(The last episode she will appear pregnant in is EP #06 of Season 2.) Gillian was due on the 09/13 and gave birth on the 09/25.
8. What was the baby named ? etc
Gillian gave birth by Cesarean on the 09/25/94, to a baby girl, 8 lb. 10 oz, named Piper Anderson.
9. How did she get into acting?
How did she get the role of Dana Scully?
After initially wanting to be a marine biologist,
at about age 17, she was in "a couple of auditions" in the Grand Rapids Community Theater, where she was
"cast in a couple of things," and from then it was as if she "had never thought about marine biology."
While studying for her Bachelor of Fine Arts at DePaul University, Gillian spent some time in the National Theater of Great Britain. During this time, she also had a role in a film named "The Turning" in 1988. After receiving her degree, she moved to New York and embarked on a serious career in theater - including an off-broadway production of Alan Ayckbourne's "Absent Friends," for which she won a Theater World award in 1991.
Also "The Philanthropist "at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven
Gillian then moved to Los Angeles and spent a year auditioning
for various things, during which time she did "Home Fires Burning"
for a cable station as well as the audiocassette version of
"Exit to Eden"
Although she had once vowed she would "never do TV",
and seemed set on a career in film or theater, being out of work
for a year or so changed her mind and she had a role in an
episode of "Class of '96" and then was impressed enough by
the role of Dana Scully that she auditioned for the role.
"The chance to play FBI Special Agent Dana Scully was the
series key attraction, I was reading something that for the
first time in a long time involved a strong, independent intelligent
woman as a lead character" -GA
The auditioning went well and it seems Chris Carter had decided
on casting Gillian for the role. The network (FOX) "freaked" at the possibility of casting someone with as little TV experience as Gillian
and also appeared to be looking for someone more "bimboish".
So they flew in more actresses from New York, but Chris stood
his ground and they cast Gillian as Special Agent Dana Scully.
Gillian, who was also somewhat surprised at being cast said
"I was convinced they were looking for someone leggier,
and with a bigger chest." - GA
(Thank god for Chris Carter and small miracles...)
Gillian is enjoying working on the show, even if it was a little stressful at
first and sees the recognition she has been getting as a great step which will open many doors for her, as her goal is to do
some more theater as well as feature and independent films eventually. (in an X-Files movie we all hope :)
10. What is Gillian's view on the possibility of the phenomenon
covered on the show??
A quote from GA can sum it up better than I could ....
"The more I get comfortable with the character, the more she's becoming like me in some of her mannerisms. I'm *not* that much
of a skeptic. I do believe in UFO's,
I do believe in certain paranormal phenomena,
like ESP and psychokinesis and all that. I've always been
fascinated with it and I think, on a certain level, I've just known
or assumed it to be reality. In that respect we're very different.
I think that I have a tendency to get as
single-minded and obsessed with my work as Dana does, but in a different way. She's a medical doctor and an FBI agent
and I'm an actress."
Also Gillian has said that when she was in Hawaii getting
married she spent a lot of time watching the sky looking for
"them", and that she is "a full fledged believer" in addition to being "one of the least straight laced people you will ever meet."
So yes, it's safe to say Gillian's view on such phenomenon is that anything is possible.
11. What is Gillian Anderson like???
From all reports she is a very intelligent, hardworking,
and charming woman with an easygoing and bubbly personality
(in other words a heartbreaker to us guys) who genuinely enjoys
her work even though she found the schedule of working in a
weekly show very stressful at first, though you wouldn't guess
it from her consistently exemplary performances. She is also
very open and honest, as well as having a quirky and charming
sense of humor.
Glen Morgan has referred to her as "very smart" and Chris Carter
is also impressed by how hardworking she is. Gillian was at
work each day up until two days before the birth of Piper.
She is now taking 6 weeks off to recover and spend
some time at home.
Yes, she does know the GATB exists, and this is what she has said...
(Shamelessly stolen from an article in Starlog Platinum #4 November "The X-Philes" by Julianne Lee.
'(re: GATB) - Anderson is surprised, though she says it's flattering. "It's something I certainly didn't expect," she says,
"Especially with Scully. She's independent and she's
passionate about her work. The character is not just a little bit
of those attributes, she's very much so. I find it terrific that some people should find that stimulating."'
(From the Sacramento Bee 10/09/94
"Creepy, smart "X-Files" inspires a cult following" by Steve Pond)
'And while the actors aren't quite so computer literate, they are aware of the attention. "I've been told that on one of the
computer services there's something called the Gillian Anderson Testosterone Brigade," says Anderson with a laugh. "That just
What can I say but... :)???
12. What is Gillian's phone number/Email/Address etc?
Her phone number is unknown, which is just as well I think. From all reports Gillian isn't on any computer service, but I asked if she had an Email address in my letter anyway...
Not that I'd tell any of you (if I ever get a reply) :)
As far as a contact address for fan mail, gifts and such:
c/o The X-Files Production Office
110-555 Brooks Bank Avenue,
North Vancouver, BC,
V7J 3S5, Canada.
13. What are Gillian's other performances?
"The Turning" -1988
"Home Fires Burning" -1992
"Exit to Eden" - (audiocassette/Lisa Kelly) -1992
"Class of '96" - (Episode #8 - The Accused) -1993
"The X-Files" (Dana Scully) -1993 - ????
14. Where can I find ( ******* ) ?????
"The Turning" - Unknown. (If you know, tell me)
"Home Fires Burning" - Hmm... might pop up on a cable
station sometime...(If so tape it and send me a copy :)
"Exit to Eden" - Try a bookstore. Just order it.
Exit to Eden by Anne Rice writing as Anne Rampling.
Published by Random House AudioBooks,
the abridged audiocassette. $16 US, $18 CAN.
(Note: If you like GA's voice, this is a must have)
"Class of '96" -
Wait till it repeats and tape it (and send me a copy :).
"The X-Files" -
Friday Night's on FOX. (and affiliates)
15. Where can I find photograph's of Gillian??
There are two places I know of so far.
S&P Parker's Movie Market (714)-376-0326.
Two must have Gillian Anderson photo's are #12684 and #12015. (8 x 10 Color - $5) (They also have about 7 DD photos)
Another place is
Hollywood Book and Poster Co. (213)-465-8764.
They have about 50 GA shots, some from the series,
some posed as DS and GA. (also a lot of DD/FM ones)
However there is no catalogue or numbering system so you
have to order blind, but if you describe the type of shot you want
they will help you out. They are good quality and you have a choice of
a black or a cropped border. Color 8 x 10's are $5.
Ok well eventually I'll compile a bibliography of where I got the various information from and if you think there is anything I've missed let me know.
Thanks to :
Michael Lynch - for correcting my atrocious sentence structuring :)