‘The pressure and expectations are higher playing real-life women’: Gillian Anderson admits she wants her next role to be a ‘psychopath’
Gillian Anderson has said she wants to play more “psychopaths” after playing mostly trailblazing women in her career so far.
After taking on the roles of Dana Scully in The X Files, Margaret Thatcher in The Crown and Jean Milburn in Sex Education, the legendary actress said she wanted a change.
“Women interest me. I appreciate [playing real life women]. But the pressure and expectations are greater. she told the Mirror.
New role: Sex Education and The X-Files star Gillian Anderson has said she wants to play more ‘psychopaths’ after playing mostly trailblazing women in her career so far
“I could take a break for a while and play psychopaths.”
It comes after Gillian was touted for a villainous role in Doctor Who by new Time Lord Ncuti Gatwa.
Ncuti starred alongside Gillian in Sex Education as Eric Effiong and told reporters he would love to fight in the long-running sci-fi series with his co-star.
She currently stars in Channel 4’s The Great – a drama about Catherine the Great directed by Nicholas Hoult and Ellie Fanning.
Pressure: After taking on the roles of Dana Scully in The X Files and Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, the legendary actress said she wanted a change
Gillian attributed her success in her career to taking risks.
“I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in my lane, figuratively and literally,” the 53-year-old admitted.
“I remember going to a therapy session with my mom, working on some things.
She said her mother told a therapist: ‘Nobody ever tells Gillian what she can and can’t do. She will do what she wants”. It was true then and now.
Gillian added: “If I had listened to other people I wouldn’t have ended up in the UK, I wouldn’t have ended up doing theatre, The X-Files… sometimes you can be successful if you don’t Don’t toe the party line.’
Recommended: This comes after Gillian was introduced for a villainous role in Doctor Who by new Time Lord Ncuti Gatwa