There’s been a string of unsolved murders in Belfast, Northern Ireland, so they have to bring in the heat from London. Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson appears to be the embodiment of what people in Belfast often don’t like about London: She seems cool, correct, fiercely intelligent, but icy.
The London detective is the central character of The Fall, a British series that was a huge critical and commercial hit there this year and is now available in the U.S. on DVD. Gibson is portrayed by Gillian Anderson, the American-born actor who, until maybe now, was best known as Dana Scully from the X-Files.
Anderson tells NPR’s Scott Simon about The Fall’s European flavor and the time she was voted most likely to get arrested in high school.
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People often try to find familiarity and comfort in their lives wherever and however they can during times of emotional confusion and transition. Even if their new choices confuse their family members, living their lives the way they wish is a desire many people strive for, particularly as they grow older. This is certainly the case in writer-director Sandra Nettelbeck’s new comedy-drama, ‘Last Love,’ which is based on French novelist Francoise Dorner’s La douceur assassin. Gillian Anderson portrays an American who’s estranged from her father in the film, but who will do whatever it takes to protect his emotional needs in the last years of his life.
‘Last Love’ follows American Matthew Morgan (Michael Caine) a former philosophy professor who moved to Paris with his late wife, Joan (Jane Alexander), to live out their golden years together. Three years after her death, he still grieves for his wife, particularly while he’s passing through the areas where they spent their time together.
After unsuccessfully attempting suicide, due to his inability to move on from his loss, Matthew is inexplicably saved by a young dance instructor, (Clémence Poesy), whom Matthew meets on the bus and immediately reminds him of Joan. The two form a close relationship, much to the concern and confusion of his two children, Karen (Anderson) and Miles (Justin Kirk), who travel from America to France to try to convince him to come home. As the two witness their father’s developing relationship with Pauline, Karen and Miles realize that Matthew is exactly where he wants to be, living his life the way that comforts him in his final years.
Anderson generously took the time recently to talk about filming ‘Last Love’ over the phone. Among other things, the actress discussed how the chance to work with Nettelbeck and Caine on the comedy-drama in part drew her to the character of Karen; how she’s worked with several filmmakers, like Nettelbeck, who have both written the script and directed the film, which she feels is beneficial, because they develop a deep connection to the screenplay; and how she has grown attached to doing smaller projects, like ‘Last Love,’ as she enjoys that they’re focused more on the characters and theirrelationships than anything else.
Question (Q): You play Karen Morgan in the new comedy-drama, ‘Last Love.’ What was it about the character, and the script overall, that convinced you to take on the role?
Gillian Anderson (GA): Well, the first thing is that I have been following the director’s career for some time. I’ve been a fan of Sandra’s work, starting with ‘Mostly Martha.’ We attempted to work together before. So when she called and said, "I’m sorry this is such a small role, but I’d love for you to do it," I agreed.
At the time, she was also in conversation with Michael Caine, and it looked like he was going to potentially do the film. So it was all of those elements coming together. Also, reading the script and getting to know the character, and feeling like I know how to play her, is where it began.
Q: Speaking of Sandra, she both wrote the screenplay for, and directed, the comedy-drama. Do you prefer working with helmers who also penned the script, and what was your working relationship with her like on the set?
GA: I’ve had that experience quite a lot, of working with directors who have also written the script. I find it fun to be a part of that journey for them, because a lot of times it also tends to be their first or second time directing. That’s happened quite a bit in my experience. So being a part of that creative genesis for a director is interesting, and I like being part of that process for them.
Also, when a director is a good writer, they have a very deep connection to the script. The stuff they have written is potentially something they have labored over for a small period of time. Or it might even be based on their own experiences, which adds a completely different dimension to it.
Q: Like you mentioned earlier, Michael Caine is also in ‘Last Love,’ and he plays Karen’s father, Matthew. While you don’t have much screen time with him, what was your overall experience like with him on the set?
GA: Well, Michael’s such an icon. I’ve obviously been a big fan of his in the past, and I think he’s been involved in some extraordinary films. He’s also had some extraordinary life experiences himself. I’ve worked with some of the greatest people in the industry over the years, and he’s a lovely man to work with. He’s lovely to be around, and is very generous.
Q: Justin Kirk, who portrays Karen’s brother, Miles, is the main actor you have scenes with in the film. What was your working relationship with Justin like on the set?
GA: Well, Justin’s a lot of fun, and he’s very funny. We had a lot of fun with the brother-sister dynamic. We joked around that we should do a sequel about their relationship. He was fun to improv with. I think he’s fantastic in the film, and I hope this movie will do good by him.
Q: Were you able to have any rehearsal periods with Michael and Justin before you began shooting the comedy-drama, and how much did you improve with your co-stars while you were filming?
GA: No, there wasn’t any rehearsal. But Justin and I goofed around quite a bit, and did some improv that did end up in the film here and there. But I’m not in the film very much, but the bits we did together were great fun.
Q: ‘Last Love’ explores the difficult emotions people contend with as they grieve the loss of a family member, and how that anguish causes estrangement with their surviving family members. Were you able to relate to Karen and Miles’ estrangement from their father after their mother’s death?
GA: Well, I think all family dynamics are complicated. So I think the character is still dealing with the loss of her mother. Obviously, you have a sense that she’s in control in her life, and is used to being able to call the shots. Not being able to control her father, and contribute to the decisions that he’s making, which she feels have an impact on their lives, is very frustrating to her.
At times, she’s going to be dealing with her own degrees of loss around her, particularly with her mother. But you can deal they have long-standing complicated relationships, so it’s not easy. Part of the way she’s dealing with it is to go shopping. (laughs)
Q: Karen and Miles question the new friendship their father develops with dance instructor Pauline Laubie, played by Clémence Poésy, in the film, even though they have been estranged from Matthew since their mother’s death. Even though Pauline offers Matthew comfort, why do you think Karen and Miles immediately question the nature of the relationship?
GA: Well, I think in the beginning it’s just a shock. The minute Karen arrives, her brother tells her that their dad, who just attempted suicide, apparently over dealing with the grief over losing their mother, is having an affair with a 20-year-old. (laughs) So initially, I think it’s the shock of that information, which isn’t true, is justifiably quite big.
At the same time, I think there’s obviously a misunderstanding over the nature of their relationship. It takes some time for Justin’s character to come to terms with what’s good in that relationship, which is benefiting his father.
Q: ‘Last Love’ was filmed in several areas of Europe, most notably Paris, where the story is set. What was the experience of shooting in France, and how does it compare and contrast to filming in America?
GA: Well, I’ve worked in France before, and I live and work in England. I’ve also worked in various countries around Europe. Working over there in the U.K. and Europe is a quieter experience. I don’t think there’s that much that’s hugely different. Overall, the energy that’s on the set feels a bit more subdued and European, for a lack of a better word. (laughs)
Q: The film has played at several film festivals, including the Locarno Film Festival and the Munich Film Festival. Were you able to attend any of the screenings of the film, and if so, what kind of reaction did you receive from the audiences?
GA: No, unfortunately. At first, I thought I was going to be able to go to the one in Berlin, but then they changed the date by about three days, and I wasn’t able to make it.
Q: What is the experience of shooting smaller movies like ‘Last Love,’ as opposed to the bigger studio movies you’ve starred in?
GA: Well, I’ve actually done quite a few quiet films. Even over the last couple of years, I was in ‘Shadow Dancer,’ and a French film called ‘Sister.’ I think because of some of the stuff I’ve done for the BBC, I’m used to doing quieter pieces that are more about the characters and their relationships, more so than you might expect. I often choose those roles over the bigger studio films overall.
Q: You have appeared on several television series throughout your career, most notably with ‘The X-Files;’ most recently with ‘Hannibal;’ and the upcoming ‘Crisis.’ What is it about television that you enjoy so much? How does starring on a series compare and contrast to filming a movie?
GA: I’m actually involved in three different TV series right now. I’m a regular on ‘Hannibal,’ and I’m also on a BBC series called ‘The Fall,’ which we’re going to continue shooting in February. That’s available on Netflix in the States. I’m also on the NBC series, ‘Crisis,’ which we’re in the process of shooting right now.
By JARETT WIESELMAN
October 30, 2013
Much like Amour, 2012′s Best Foreign Film Oscar winner, Last Love explores the effect losing a loved one has on a spouse, but unlike France’s somber cinematic offering, the Michael Caine-fronted film also examines how a widower can move on in the aftermath of a profound loss.
Furthermore, Last Love examines at the familial fallout through the eyes of Justin Kirk and Gillian Anderson, who plays Caine’s children. ETonline caught up with the charismatic actress to talk about this powerful new movie, her equally incredible Netflix series, The Fall, and the odds she’ll ever play Agent Dana Scully again.
Gillian Anderson has become the American queen of British TV with powerful performances in such classics as Great Expectations and Bleak House. Season 1 of The Fall, her latest Brit hit, a highly praised contemporary crime thriller, has just been released on DVD by Acorn. The X Files star talks to TV Guide Magazine about the BBC show as well as her return to U.S. network television and a possible sci-fi project.
1901, In Grover’s Corners. Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this haunting and unsentimental piece shares moments from the lives of two families in their small New England town. Often called the Great American play, Our Town challenges us to realize life as we live it.
A family drama about seemingly little things that matter in profound ways—featuring appearances by special guest alumni and an ensemble of graduate and undergraduate actors in their final years of conservatory training.
Each night of this production will feature a surprise appearance by special guest alumni including (in alphabetical order): Tom Amandes, Gillian Anderson, W. Earl Brown, Ann Dowd, Mary Grill, John Hoogenakker, Lisa Joyce, Adam Poss, PJ Powers, John C. Reilly, and Lucy Sandy.
Young Vic announces The X-Files star will play Blanche DuBois in 2014 production of Tennessee Williams classic
“These are love-letters, yellowing with antiquity… poems a dead boy wrote. I hurt him the way that you would like to hurt me, but you can’t! I’m not young and vulnerable anymore.”
Gillian Anderson stars as Blanche DuBois whose downward spiral collides with the visceral, animal Stanley, creating theatre’s most famous explosion of sexual tension.
Benedict Andrews’ Three Sisters won the 2012 Critics’ Circle Best Director Award. Now he directs Tennessee Williams’ finest play.
A series of interviews with some of the world’s leading actors, talking about Peace and the theme for Peace Day 2013: ‘Who Will You Make Peace With?’
Each interview will include a speech chosen and performed by the actor, relating to peace.
It has been an incredible five years. All we knew when we started was that we wanted to provide support for young people who have to make the difficult transition from a children’s home to living independently at the age of 18. We have tried and tested different approaches and we now have a successful, effective programme that is led by the youth and the mentors. SA-YES simply provides the platform, the structure and the resources.
In addition to the programme we have established an incredible network of support globally. It’s so heartwarming for us when we read stories and see photographs of people walking, running and networking on behalf of SA-YES. Thank you all for your incredible support and for contributing your time and energy, allowing us to continue with our work here in South Africa.
We have added some testimonials from a few of our mentors, which we hope you will enjoy reading. Thank you for your continued support!
Gillian Anderson and Michelle Potter
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My name is Gillian Anderson and I am one of the founders of SA-YES. We work with young people living in children’s homes in South Africa. We provide them with a mentor who meets with them once a week for a year. The primary role of the mentor is to be a friend. Teaching a young person who has been abused and neglected to trust is a big challenge but can also be an incredibly rewarding one. Once trust has been built, a mentor can offer guidance and support as the young person explores the options available to them after leaving the children’s home.
Ours is a very simple programme providing crucial support to these young people. Adolescence can be a very tough time in anybody’s life and for these youngsters it is even harder. More often than not they are not prepared for this big step into independent living, and they often have nowhere to go, no support network, and no safety net when things get tough.
We need your help to extend our programme to the next generation of South Africans. Please support our work by donating your time as a mentor or committing to a monthly donation. Your contribution will help us ensure that more young people in South Africa have the support of a caring, committed adult as they take that first step towards independence.
Behind the scenes :
On a recent series I did for the BBC (and Netflix) called “The Fall”, many women from around the world responded positively to the character I played called Stella Gibson. You all appreciated her feminist principles, her straight talking and even her silk blouses. Well, short of coming out with a clothing line, I thought I might capture some of the memes that were sent in my direction with a few small items. These are intended to remind you women to be the best that you can be, to be yourself, shamelessly, and to stand up for what you deserve. The proceeds will benefit a charity I’ve only just discovered that helps women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. Here’s to all of us having a bit of Stella In us! – GA
To benefit REFUGE: Domestic Abuse Charity
My involvement in "Hannibal" came as a bit of a surprise and I have become unexpectedly attached to Bedelia Du Maurier. These items are just for fun really and to support a good cause. What Eve Ensler has accomplished, since I worked with her oh so many years ago on the very first "Vagina Monologues" performances, is astounding. The proceeds from your purchase will go towards her cause but do check out her website and donate more if you can. She’s making a global difference.
To benefit VDAY: A Global Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls Worldwide.
Given her big break in The X-Files despite studio objections, Gillian Anderson has enjoyed a slow-burning career with her latest BBC role paving the way for more television success
The Guardian, Sunday 9 June 2013 15.47 BST
(CNN) – It’s safe to say that Gillian Anderson has returned to television.
The former "X-Files" star is involved in three TV series, beginning with a lead role in "The Fall," a psychological crime thriller that debuted to rave reviews on May 13 in Britain. The show hits the U.S. on May 28 when it’ll be available for streaming via Netflix.
In "The Fall," Anderson plays a detective who’s pulled into a serial killer case with a unique twist to the genre: the audience knows the culprit from the beginning.
But her on-screen exploration of killers doesn’t stop there. Recently, she’s been seen on NBC’s "Hannibal," playing Hannibal Lecter’s psychiatrist. Later this summer, she’ll start work on a new NBC show called "Crisis," which got a series pick-up earlier this month.
CNN spoke with Anderson recently from New York City about her new TV series, the groundbreaking nature of "The X-Files," and whether Mulder and Scully will reunite on the big screen.