Gillian Anderson is a TV legend. Her turn on The X-Files as Special Agent Dana Scully will be talked about for years to come. While it could be easy to be typecast in similar roles and always have people seeing her as Scully, Anderson is doing what she can to change that perception.
Included in that is her turn on The Fall, a five-episode BBC2 series that is hitting Netflix later this month (May 28, to be exact). Anderson plays Stella Gibson in that series, as she travels to Belfast to track down a serial killer. It also stars Archie Panjabi and Jamie Dornan.
Anderson says that viewers are in for a treat with as The Fall races towards its conclusion.
"Finish The Fall," she said. "It gets better and better, I promise."
The unique character of Gibson is what drew Anderson to the project.
"I think if I'm honest, primarily, initially, the character. I find her so intriguing and I still find her quite mysterious and I think that's quite unusual for a contemporary drama. I like the way she handles situations and I thought I kind of need to be this person for a while. Obviously, the scripts themselves were very well-written, very compelling, very emotionally engaging. I knew that after having conversations with [the show's creators] that they had similar ideas as I did about how it should be shot and once we were all on the same page, it just seemed like something I couldn't not do," she said.
In addition to The Fall, Anderson has been appearing on NBC's Hannibal and later this year stars in the network's drama Crisis, a program she is very excited to work on.
"I couldn't put the script down. I thought that it might be kind of cool to step into an ensemble that was not going to take a huge amount of my time. It was something that I thought, "I kind of want to know what happens next in this." It seemed like it was going to tick many boxes because it was going work with my schedule and I could have a presence, but not as big a commitment as a lead character. It just seemed do-able and like it would be a fun piece to be involved with. After talking to Rand and Far [Shariat, "Crisis" executive producer], they're great guys and they have a real commitment to making this real quality television," she said.