Born in Chicago, raised from about the age of 2 in London (where she still resides), Gillian Anderson is universally admired, professionally and personally. Setting aside her history as one of our favorite television women of science, Dana Scully — who had to ask The X-Files for equal pay — her unending work and support of charities the world over (The Trevor Project, South African Youth Education for Sustainability, Survival International, Childreach International, Greenpeace, PETA, Feminist Majority Foundation, Neurofibromatosis Network), personal ethic and care for all human beings is evident in everything she does. Not only does she play our heroes, in her life she is one, and just as real and flawed as the rest of us. In addition to her avid and vocal support of women’s rights and Planned Parenthood, yesterday, her fourth book — a guide to the things that help Gillian and friend/co-author, Jennifer Nadel navigate life in a positive way — We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere was published. Her 28th film, Viceroy’s House recently premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. That movie, directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife) is a historical accounting of life inside the titular residence, as the last British Rule during the Partition of India (2017 is the 70th anniversary of India’s independence and the creation of Pakistan), with Hugh Bonneville and Anderson as Lord and Lady Mountbatten (Countess Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley) of Burma.
Of similarities between Viceroy’s House the current world climate, Anderson says,
[It is] disheartening that the themes of the 1940s continue to be so relevant … there were modern parallels even before the rise of Trump.
Syria as we know it today was happening at the time we were filming it, there were a lot of events that were taking place at the time we were out there and we were hearing news while we were shooting. We only hope that the film moves people into action or at least educates people, not just about what’s going on in the world today but also where so many people have come from and struggled for centuries and this isn’t just this moment but struggles are historical.”
Coming up, Anderson stars in Bryan Fuller’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods; she’ll play Media, and in Crooked House, Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel, she takes on the role of Magda West. But, even more than our love for her acting roles, we love what Gillian puts out into the world. She freely shares her love, has fun in (and makes fun of) her work, inspires, and gives of herself to change our world for the better.
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) March 8, 2017
“Imagine a sisterhood across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another.” (from We)
To all my sisters in the world, Happy International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange! (… and to Gillian, we love you!)