Gillian Anderson excels at embodying contradiction. Her career-making X-Files character, Dana Scully, is a hardened scientist who clings fiercely to her skepticism of the paranormal, even as her work for the FBI presents near-daily evidence of its existence. I kept saying, 'Is this too over the top? Anderson has since come to appreciate her contradictions.
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Gillian Anderson has spent much of her career confounding our expectations. A show about teenagers addled by hormones, Sex Education is cringe-inducingly funny—it opens on a scene of two teens having rampant, yet unsatisfying, sex—and unexpectedly poignant. Anderson plays Jean Milburn, a British single mom and sex therapist whose adventurous approach to sexuality has not rubbed off on her geeky year-old son Otis Asa Butterfield. The series has already been a major success for Netflix: in its fourth-quarter earnings call , the streamer announced that Sex Education is on track to be viewed by 40 million households in its first month. We were mostly in this beautiful house, and Gillian had this little corner where she would go read her book, and I would lay on the sofa or be playing the piano, and it felt like we were this mother and son.
Gillian Anderson binned the ‘Sex Education’ script when she first read it
Season 2 of comedy show is now streaming on Netflix. When Gillian Anderson was first given the script for the pilot of the critically acclaimed British comedy-drama Sex Education , she immediately sent it…into the garbage. The actress believed the setup for the show — about a professional sex therapist whose own teenage son sets up shop advising his fellow students on the subject of carnal activities — to be too obvious. This will be really good for you to do.
As Gillian Anderson walked through the lounge of a posh Los Angeles hotel late last fall, I wondered how it was possible that no one pounced on her for an autograph or threw themselves passionately at her feet. Instead Anderson quietly settled in beside a fireplace to observe others going about their business: well-heeled guests silently playing a mysterious board game with crystal discs, and a pack of shaggy-chic hounds that darted in and out of the room pursued by their equally rumpled master. Anderson and I were supposed to be discussing season two of Sex Education, the British teen dramedy that was a surprise hit when Netflix first released it a year ago.