Gillian Anderson: Return to Scully Was a Challenge

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In a recent profile of The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Gillian Anderson told MoviesOnline that the return to Dana Scully was not as simple as she'd been assuming it would be.

"On the first day of shooting, I was pretty confident about returning to the role," Anderson said. "I am usually terrified when I start a project, but that wasn't the case with this one."

However, the challenge of slipping back into a character Anderson thought she'd abandoned years ago quickly became immediately apparent.

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"I had a really difficult first couple of days [of shooting the film]. I was having a really hard time finding Scully's voice, and I think part of that is because since the show ended, I've been doing everything in my power to take on roles that were very different from Scully.

The work I've been doing [since the show ended] has involved creating new characters from scratch."

The actress, does, of course, find her voice again as Scully. You can see her doing so when The X-Files: I Want to Believe opens on July 25.

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Gillian Anderson

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Gillian Anderson is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress from Chicago best known for her role as Agent Dana Scully from The X-Files. During her successful career on the The X-Files, Anderson had a brief set of movies including The House of Mirth. After her X-Files career, Anderson has done several stage productions and starred in two British films, The Last King of Scotland and Straight Heads. Her most successful movie to date has been the 1998 X-Files movie. We're guessing her second one will be the sequel due out this year.

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