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MEFCC : Dubaï Comic Con

Gillian Anderson at Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (April 11).

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“We had no idea if X Files was going to be successful, but we stuck around for a little while and here we are looking.” @GillianA 

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“It was trial and error figuring out Scully as a character and it wasn’t a problem playing a strong female character. @GillianA #mefcc

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“It still makes no sense to me, I’m a goofball” @GillianA on being called one of the “sexiest” women alive. #mefcc #absolutemefcc

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“I’d jump into working with any Studio Ghibli film in a heartbeat.” @GillianA gillianaon being asked if she’d do an animation #absolutemefcc

 

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Anderson praises Comic Con in Dubai

Equally impressed with Dubai and the fourth annual MEFCC was Gillian Anderson, of The X-Files fame.

“I’ve never been here, and I’m so fascinated by this place. You have got everything,” said the American actress, who played FBI special agent Dana Scully on the long-running show.

People in the audience listened to the actress, who took part in a panel on the third and final day of the event, as she recalled her time on The X-Files, saying she enjoyed working on the show and was excited for its return, in which she will reprise her role.

“My favorite thing to do [during filming] was pin clothes pegs on people without them knowing,” she said. “It was three in the morning, and we have been shooting for 15 to 16 hours, and I get really silly, and I managed to get 52 or 56 pins on director Rob Bowman’s jacket before he knew what I was doing. I’m so proud of that.”

The actress said she was still coming to terms with getting into the character of Agent Scully once again.

“The fact that we’re doing more episodes was never on the cards, and I think I’m in denial.”

Six episodes of the hit show, the last episode of which aired 13 years ago, will be filmed in Vancouver later this year

MEFCC: The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson is the star celebrity at Comic Con

One of the most eagerly awaited guests at this year’s Middle East Film & Comic Con held at Dubai’s World Trade Centre was, undoubtedly, Gillian Anderson, the star of The X-Files, The Fall and Hannibal.

With the recent announcement that The X-Files is being revived for a small-screen run of six episodes – featuring both Anderson and her erstwhile co-star David Duchovny – fans were thrilled to see her and most wanted to ask her about what to expect from it, her experiences of investigating the paranormal and what it was like hanging out with the serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the critically acclaimed The Silence of the Lambs TV spin-off, Hannibal.

It is perhaps understandable, then, that Anderson seemed genuinely shocked when, in the brief time I was allotted to quiz her, I chose a very different opening subject.

Her 2014 film Sold tells the story of a 13-year-old Nepalese girl who is trafficked to India to work in a brothel. For me, it was one of the highlights, as well as one of the most harrowing films, of last year’s Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

“Wow. I didn’t know anybody had seen that,” says Anderson. “The film is about the sex trade of young girls in India, but it’s something that happens all over the world, every day, under our noses.”

Anderson says that she had known the film’s writer and director Jeffrey D Brown for some time and was happy to help raise awareness of the issue.

“He sent me the script at a point when the character I played, I think, had no dialogue, but asked if I would jump on board anyway for the sake of the cause and I said yes.”

Anderson’s non-speaking role soon became more vocal.

“Then Emma Thompson came on board as an executive producer,” she says. “And Jeffrey met a humanitarian photographer called Lisa Kristine who had spent the past seven years or so documenting and bearing witness to human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

“It’s a serious, serious, serious issue that is not properly being dealt with or recognised in the world today. Lisa has risked her life many times over to bear witness. So Jeffrey based this character in the story on her and added some scenes and asked if I would still be on board, and it fitted into my schedule, so I got on board and I got the pleasure of going to Kolkata and completely loved it there.

“It’s still showing at festivals, I think, and there’s a specific campaign around it about human- and sex-trafficking. It’s definitely raising awareness and I would ask everyone to look it up and support it.”

Of course, I couldn’t let one of the biggest TV stars of the 1990s – and the winner of FHM magazine’s coveted award for most beautiful woman in the world in 1996 – go without asking about her most famous role and an update on the revival.

“I am reprising the role of Dana Scully,” she says. “We’re going to do six episodes this year in Vancouver, starting in June. We’re gonna have to be pushed around in wheelchairs – I’m 46 now. It’s Crazy. Really crazy. The fact we were even doing any more episodes was never on the cards, so I think I’m still in denial.”

And why does the show remain so enduringly popular? “It was basically David [Duchovny] and I being the most brilliant characters in the history of television,” she says with a smile.

For more information about Sold and the campaign to end the exploitation of children around the world, visit http://www.soldthemovie.com

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