Did the drama bring you happiness, Mrs. Anderson?
Gillian Anderson, Actress
By Rüdiger Sturm
On an early Sunday morning at the Berlin Regent Hotel, Gillian Anderson appears highly intense and larger than life, even if her size asserts the opposite, as she introduces the Historical drama ‘The Star of India’ (available from August 10 in the cinema).
But the 48-year-old remains self-deprecating and honest, as she gives an up-front account of her changing career, which has not been without its low points, even during times of great success.
You may remember actress Gillian Anderson as Agent Scully on The X-Files, but she and her friend, British journalist Jennifer Nadel, have been quite busy lately on a far different project. This week, their book, We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, hits bookstores, promising to be a practical guide to healing and activism. We sat down with the co-authors to talk about the evolution of their self-help book, their goals and their hope that women will commit to supporting and encouraging one another.
Taking its lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet, the American impressionist movement followed its own path which over a forty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about its art as a creative power-house. It’s a story closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Travelling to studios, gardens and iconic locations throughout the United States, UK and France, this mesmerising film is a feast for the eyes.
In 1886, the French art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel brought a selection of his huge stock of impressionist paintings to New York, changing the course of art in America forever. American artists flocked to the French village of Giverny, home to the master impressionist Claude Monet, and cheered the French new wave: painting outdoors with a new found brilliance and vitality. As Europe recoiled against the work of Monet, Degas and Renoir, Americans embraced it and created their own style of impressionism.
The timing of Durand-Ruel’s transformative visit was perfect. As America steamed into the Industrial Age, urban reformers fought to create public parks and gardens: patches of beauty amid smokestacks and ash heaps. These gardens provided unlimited inspiration for artists and a never-ending oasis for the growing middle class, made up of increasingly independent women, who relished the writings of English horticulturalists Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson. Meanwhile the rise of wide-circulation magazines cultivated the idea that gardening was a path to spiritual renewal amid industrial blight and the belief that artists should work in native landscapes.
As America made its epic move from a nation of farmers to a land of factories, the pioneering American Impressionists crafted a sumptuous visual language that told the story of an era.
The actress also discusses directing, coping with fear and playing powerful women
By Teresa Fitzherbert
28 February 2017
By Margarette Driscoll For You Magazine
Published: 19:02 EST, 25 February 2017
Who do you turn to when you’re struggling to cope? After counselling each other when the going got tough, Gillian Anderson and her close friend Jennifer Nadel have written a tried-and-tested ‘manual for life’ on the issues that affect us all
So I’ve taken the plunge. I’m on Instagram. And I can’t help myself but ask you to take a plunge too: VOTE. For Hillary Clinton. We cannot under any circumstances by action or inaction allow Trump to become President of America. The consequences will be catastrophic for the world and for women. Regardless of your feelings about Hillary, a vote for Hillary is a vote for the rights of women everywhere. This may be the most important action you take in your lifetime because its impact one way or another will have reverberations across the world and for generations to come. So, if you can show me that you’ve voted for Hillary or if you have convinced a person of age to vote for Hillary, celebrate your activism by using the #SheVote hashtag. Stand with me. Vote with me. Because #ImWithHer.