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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Playing Fall detective has made me glam up, reveals Gillian

Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson has revealed that her role as Detective Stella Gibson in The Fall has helped her to become more glamorous.

The 46-year-old actress said she is "useless'' at doing her own hair and make-up, but playing Gibson has taught her to embrace her femininity.

The former X-Files star also admitted that she thinks beauty treatments are "a pain in the arse".

"For a good portion of my life I downgraded my femininity. I'm absolutely useless with my own hair and make-up," she said.

"Now on a semi-regular basis I have my hair blow-dried and I'm a bit more mindful about what I wear, just taking care of myself."

She also said her character has been a joy to play because she is constantly developing.

"Just when you think you've understood a little bit about her she'll do something and you'll go, 'Whoa, what are you doing?' And I like that about her," she said.

Despite being an award-winning star, Anderson said there are plenty of things she isn't at all good at.

Modest

"Oh, there are so many things that I'm bad at. I'm bad at anything that has to do with IT," she said.

"I'm bad at remembering anything other than lines for, say, a play. Just so many things."

She might be modest, but it has been a busy year for Chicago-born Anderson.

Not only has she starred in the second season of The Fall, she has published her first book, a sci-fi novel called A Vision of Fire, and played Blanche du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Anderson won the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress at the London Standard Theatre Awards for her role, and admitted that Du Bois has allowed her to get a lot of her anger out.

"The first night we performed in front of an audience, I thought, 'I can't do any more of this'," she told The Observer.

"I felt like a truck had run me over, but by the end there was a sense of catharsis every night.

"I felt like I got all my anger out, all my tears out, so I felt actually quite peaceful after it."

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