Full Name: Gillian
Date of Birth: August 9th, 1968
Hospital of Birth: St Mary of Nazareth
City of Birth: Cook County, Chicago
State of Birth: Illinois, USA
Hair Color: Ash/Blond
Eye Color: Blue
Husband: Clyde Klotz (separated)
Children: Piper Maru Anderson
Parents: Edward & Rosemary
Siblings: Zoe & Aaron
GilliGillian's love for
acting began, when she decided to audition for a community play
while still City High School in Grand Rapids Michigan.
"Somehow, I have no idea how the transition was made from
wanting to be a archeologist or a marine biologist, to wanting to
be anattending actress, but it just kind of happened," says
Gillian. As a child Gillian showed a flair for drama but
was more of a tomboy that harbored dreams of becoming a marine
Biologist than the dream of movie stardom. "I loved
digging up worms and cutting them up into little pieces. In
the interests of science, of course!" Her mother,
Rosemary recalls, "From the start Gillian had a real flare
for the dramatic. That has simply always been her
personality. But the first time I knew something was really
up with her and acting was when she was 14 and a teacher assigned
her the Romeo And Juliet balcony scene. Gillian had no
background in Shakespeare, acting or anything remotely like
it. Nobody on either side of our family had any experience
with acting. Her father was interested in film production,
but that had mostly been connected with industrial training films
and commercials. But she studied that scene and mastered it
with no effort whatever. When she performed it from me my
jaw just dropped."
Gillian Leigh Anderson was born in Chicago Illinois, on August 9th, 1968. Soon after her birth the family relocated to Puerto Rico, for 15 months then moved to England. Gillian spent the next 9 years of her childhood growing up in London's North End. First in Stamford Hill, then later in Crouch End, while her father Edward was studying film production at the London School of Film Technique in Covent Garden for 2 years. Eventually the family moved back to the States and settled in Grand Rapids, her father now runs a film post-production company and her mother is a computer analyst.
Before the acting bug hit, Gillian dabbled in the punk rocker scene. "I fainted when it was inserted. My father was furious about it," Gillian tells of her and her father's reaction of her getting a nose ring. "I was confused," is how Gillian puts her somewhat wild teen years. "I was arrested on graduation night for breaking and entering into the high school," Gillian confesses in a recent interview for TV Guide. Of course growing up in England and then moving back to the States was not a simple thing, as her mother recalls: "The contrast was just incredible. Plus she missed all the friends she had grown up with in London. And her classmates all thought she talked funny because she didn't have an American accent. Gillian had to learn to speak like an American for the first time in her life, just to fit in." Gillian herself admits: "I was angry and it was my way of keeping people at a distance." In a different interview Gillian remembers, "I was always off in my own little world or being sent to the principal's office for talking back." Then the acting bug hit and, "My outlook changed, my grades went up and I was voted 'most improved student'," Gillian says.
After graduating from City High School in 1986, Gillian studied acting at the prestigious DePaul University's Goodman Theater and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. While attending DePaul Gillian was selected to attend a three-week workshop run by the National Theatre of Great Britain at Cornell, in Ithaca, NY, during the summer after her freshman year. Upon obtaining her degree, Gillian headed to New York at the age of 22, to pursue a career in acting. Gillian's first big break came she landed a role in an off Broadway play 'Absent Friends.' It was for her performance in this production that Gillian won a Theater World Award in 1991. Gillian did one more play 'Philanthropist,' with was performed at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Conn. and a low budget film staring Tess Harper and Karen Allen called the 'Turning,' before relocating to LA, to pursue a career in film. "First of all, I swore I'd never move to Los Angeles, and once I did, I swore I'd never do television. It was only after being out of work for almost a year that I began going in [to auditions] on some stuff that I would pray that I wouldn't get because I didn't want to be involved in it."
In LA Gillian landed a guest appearance in the sort lived TV series 'Class of 96,' the title of the episode she guest stared in was 'The Accused,' that was episode 8. In 1993 Gillian auditioned for a TV pilot on a newly formed Fox Network, called The X-Files -- in which she auditioned for the role of Special Agent Dana Scully. "I couldn't put the script down," Gillian remembers. During the auditions though, there was a bit of behind the scene's action. The executives at Fox wanted someone with less radiance and more sex-appeal cast in the role of Scully, but Chris Carter insisted that Gillian had the no-nonsense integrity the role required. "I sort of staked my pilot and my career at the time on Gillian. I feel vindicated everyday now," says Chris Carter on his decision to stand firm on his choice for Scully. As luck would have it the day her last unemployment check arrived she found out that she had won the role of Agent Scully and flew straight out to Vancouver and began shooting the pilot. "I didn't foresee at all that it was going to become as popular as it has. I often thought, 'What have I gotten myself into?' The first year was the hardest in terms of getting into the grueling hours and sleep deprivation and having to perform constantly, day in and day out," Gillian recalls of the first season.
Just as the show was taking off, Gillian met Clyde Klotz, the series assistant art director at the time. "It wasn't quite love at first sight," Gillian says of their three-month affair. "It was Clyde's smile that first attracted me. He was very quiet, rugged and cool, but I soon realized he had a lot to say and that he was a very intelligent man." On New Year's Day, 1994 Gillian and Clyde flew to Hawaii and got married on the 17th hole of a golf course. The only other person present was the Buddhist Monk that performed the ceremony. "We sent a letter to my mum and dad, with a strict instruction not to open it until New Year's Day. Mum had already met Clyde and my dad was in a good mood that day, so they were happy," Gillian recalls on how she informed her parents about her new spouse. Gillian was back on the set of the X-files 2 days later. Then came shocking news a few months later, Gillian found out she was pregnant. When Gillian learned she was indeed pregnant she already knew what she wanted to do, but concedes to "not completely thinking ahead about the consequences of that decision." The first person she told on the set was co-star David Duchovny. "Part of the show's success is the audience's investment in these characters," Chris Carter says as he again stuck by Gillian and refused to have Scully re-cast. "It was a bit of a bombshell for them (referring to the executives at Fox). It wasn't in my contract not to get pregnant, but it is now," Gillian recalls.
Chris Carter then created an alien abduction that kept Gillian off-camera long enough for labor, delivery and a 10-day maternity leave. "My feet were swelling and I was exhausted, sleeping between scenes," Gillian remembers. Gillian's daughter, Piper was delivered in September 1994 by cesarean section, which wasn't anticipated and required her to spend the next 6 days in the hospital. Four days later Gillian was back on the set shooting scenes for the episode 'One Breath.' "During the first season, I didn't know who the hell I was, let alone this character was. I feel stronger as a person in the world now. I remember, after going through the birthing process, feeling that no cut, no abrasions, no knock on the head will make me whine again," she commented in a recent interview. "I can't imagine not having Piper," says Gillian, who chose Chris Carter to be the baby's godfather. Four years, one husband and a daughter later, Gillian is still playing the enigmatic Special Agent Scully on the Fox Networks biggest hits to date. The show itself has received numerous awards and nominations namely The Golden Globe Award for Best Drama TV Series in 1995, and raked in 5 Emmy's at the 1996 Ceremony. Gillian has honored with a SAG Award in 1996, as Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series and was also nominated for and Emmy in 1996 for the same category.
1997 as been kind to Gillian so far, as she took home the "actor" at this year's SAG Awards, as Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Ms. Anderson also was honored by the Foreign Press with a Golden Globe in the category of "Best Actress in a Television Drama," for 1997.
This Biography was taken
from The Official Gillian Anderson Website (The Official
Gillian Anderson Web Site!)