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Gillian Anderson Talks to Out about Scully, Miss Havisham and a High School Girlfriend?

Gillian Anderson Talks to Out about Scully, Miss Havisham and a High School Girlfriend?

For nearly a decade, as Scully in the X-Files, she was one of TV’s hottest commodities. Now, Gillian Anderson has remade herself in a series of demanding stage roles and smart TV dramas, such as the upcoming adaptation of Great Expectations.

Gillian Anderson, known best for her role as Scully in X-Files, stars as Miss Havisham in BBC’s adaptation of Great Expectations. In an interview with Out  Anderson chatted about playing Miss Havisham, what she's been up to since her time as Scully, and about a relationship she had with another girl when she was in high school.

In her Out interview Anderson explained that she underwent a sort of culture shock having moved from London to Grand Rapids, MI at age 11. She says she was voted “Most Bizarre” and “Most Likely to Be Arrested” in high school, noting that there was a bit of truth to both, “based on how I chose to look, dress, behave, you know—the relationships I was in at the time were freaking people out.”

Elaborating on what kind of relationships those might be, Anderson revealed, “I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school.”

Here's a snippet of Anderson's Out interview where she discusses her relationship with a girl: 

Understandably, she is wary of making a big deal of it, precisely because it is a big deal for so many people. “If I had thought I was 100% gay, would it have been a different experience for me?” she wonders. “Would it have been a bigger deal if shame had been attached to it and all those things that become huge life-altering issues for youngsters in that situation? It’s possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys.”

BBC’s adaptation of Great Expectations set to air stateside on PBS. Read the full version of The Double Life of Gillian Anderson on Out.

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