Who knew that truth was out there?
Beloved for her longtime role as Agent Scully on The X-Files, Gillian Anderson reveals something unexpected in the April issue of Out magazine: The actress, 43, has had numerous romantic relationships with women.
"I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school," the star of an upcoming PBS adaptation of Great Expectations says nonchalantly. "Yeah, yeah," she replies, confirming the lesbian romance. "You know, I'm old enough that I can talk about that," adding to the magazine that she had additional flings with other women.
Twice-divorced (to Clyde Klotz and Julian Ozanne) and now partnered with Mark Griffiths since 2006, the star has a 17-year-old daughter and two young sons.
Downplaying those past experiences with women in the chat, she explains, "If I had thought I was 100 percent gay, would it have been a different experience for me? . . . Would it have been a bigger deal if shame had been attached to it and all those things that become huge life-altering issues for youngsters in that situation?"
Continues Anderson: "It's possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys."
Without specifying genders, she notes other early relationships in her wild, rebellious adolescence included a "punk drug addict . . . [and] somebody who was way, way older than me. Everything that that kind of anarchistic attitude brings—the inappropriate behavior it leads to—-was how I chose to be in the world at that time, which was, you know, not what people did."
This doesn't strike me as unusual. Lesbianism and David Duchovny would both look good on her.