Scott Feinberg, Duke Coveney, Golden Globe Award discussed on Awards Chatter
Hi everyone thank you for tuning into the four hundred. Th episode of awards cheddar the hollywood reporter's awards podcast. I'm the host scott feinberg and my guest. Today is one of the most admired stage and screen actresses of her generation she i burst into the public's consciousness twenty eight years ago on the x. Files chris carter's groundbreaking sci-fi drama for fox. Playing fbi agent dana scully. A young woman with a medical degree and graduate degree in physics. Who with her partner david. Duke coveney's agent fox. Mulder investigates unsolved cases of paranormal phenomena. She played scully. Who the new york times described as one of the coolest. Most competent professional women ever portrayed on television close quote over the course of an initial run of nine seasons than to movie spin-offs and to revival seasons picking up an emmy a golden globe award and a sag award along the way in between she has also shined in indie films like the house of mirth and last king of scotland and on tv programs including bleak house. Great expectations the fall. Hannibal american gods and sex education but never has. She received more glowing notices than she did for her portrayal of british. Prime minister margaret thatcher on the fourth season of the netflix drama series the crown for which has already won a golden globe award sag award and a critics choice award and for which she is nominated for and heavily favored to win the best. Supporting actress in a drama series. Emmy award on september nineteenth. The great gillian anderson over the course of our conversation. The fifty-three-year-old and i discussed the conflicted feelings. She has when she thinks back to her years on the x. Files why after the x. files she fled hollywood and screen acting for a number of years and why she subsequently returned to both what it means to her after so many ups and downs in the business to receive universal acclaim for her work on the crown plus much more and so without further ado. Let's go to that conversation. Thank you so much for doing the podcast. Great to have you and on this one. We always begin truly at the beginning. If you wouldn't mind sharing with our listeners where were you born and raised and what did your parents do for a living out. Gosh i well. I was born in chicago. And at the time i think both of my parents were still what were social workers or maybe one of them was a social worker. I maybe my mom. My dad was in school or something. Or other than i was raised between the uk and michigan. Now why was that. Why was the moving around happening. Because it was a few back and forth right there were i mean i. I was in chicago for about six months We were we were in chicago six months and then we moved to puerto rico because my dad's family was living there and they were trying to save money. My parents were trying to save money so my dad could go to film school. They'd chosen london and so we were there for about fifteen months and then we moved to the uk. When i was two and then my dad wanted the film school and my mom. I think pretty much right away. A job with lloyds bank doing programming. Now your dad was he looking to be an actor or film or director was his expert. I think ultimately he was looking to be a director and and then when when we eventually moved to the us again it was It was going after a particular job that he'd been offered making industrial films. Main gern rapids michigan and then he ended up starting his own company called motion picture makers and i am pretty sure that the intention was always to direct. But then he in building his business he ended up getting sidetracked with all the other stuff that one has to do and one and then they ended up making a post production company called trillion. That was post production for i think predominantly commercials industrial films. But i was going to say industrial films at one time. Where big business. So i imagine in michigan especially so so. That's interesting So you though from what. I've been able to gather doing my preference. It seems like there was always sort of a desire to act. Read this one thing where i think you said. It was the first time you are acknowledging this but that you would sometimes as a kid stand in front of the mirror and just try to inhabit different people but it does sound like a lot of the acting. You didn't when you were a team was was acting l. Right there was some. There was some kind of a rebellious streak. What was that about Yeah that's that's that's the question of the century No i i have a good sense of what that was about. The you're right. It was that there was a lot of. I don't actually remember when the first moment was that. I thought that i wanted to be an actor I must've been influenced in some way by the fact that I visited my dad at the film school. i think he made a short film for The film school at one. Point that i think i was in and then i- auditions when i was in michigan for for some community theater productions and and it was after actually getting cast in one that i then had the experience of feeling would it was like to properly to properly act. I think prior to that may be. I've been stuck in some christmas show or something like that but that had been the extent of it so i think that's probably what got the ball rolling in my in my mind and yeah i do remember standing in front of the mirror trying to make my face do various things and then for for that i guess maybe overlapping with your involvement with community theater high school productions and stuff was this period of. You've just kind of not wanting to conform. I guess too. I don't know. I guess the way average person dressed or acted whatever i mean. I think a lot of that has to do with with feeling so out of place In michigan having come from london. Even though i i wasn't really old enough to understand all that the uk represented in terms of counterculture. That wasn't my experience. I only discovered counterculture walling grand rapids and there was something about it that that spoke to a need in me to to act out and so and also you know what we used to go back to the uk in the summer because my parents had a like a small flat there for a long time and so as i got older and got to experience. Different parts of england started to pay attention to the to the punks. And the you know the various neighborhoods and and etcetera i I started to embrace that. So how did your parents feel. When i guess pretty much right off after high school teams like you. You are part of this national theater program at cornell. You're going off to theater school yourself in in chicago. Drama school yourself i mean. Was this something. They were supportive of or was this also.