We posted a few days ago about the short film Gillian Anderson wrote, directed and starred in called The Departure. The host website, The Guardian, did a live web chat with Gillian earlier today where she delved into some serious matters, told us a joke or two and overall made us respect and adore her even more.
“There seems to be an upswing of negative perception about feminism. And on the one hand, it’s our own fault. And I guess I’d like to be a part of a movement towards it not being a dirty word or having negative connotations or being taboo. Can we talk about what’s not working, without blame, can we focus on moving forward?”
Over the course of an hour Gillian answered some very well thought out and interesting questions. Here are a few of my favorites:
TDGS41: “If you weren’t an actress, what would you be? Could you imagine doing an ordinary job ?”
I don’t think I’d be very good at what you’d call an ordinary job. I think I might be an artist, mixed media. And that is still something I’m interested in pursuing at some point, but I have this fear of taking my eye off the ball, and get distracted from that acting thing.
But, I think it’s important to give oneself permission to do everything one wants to do. Male or female. To explore, to learn new things, to follow one’s dreams, even if unconventional. And take risks.”
Such good advice for a young person to have. Always give yourself permission to do what you want to do. I want that on a piece of wall art.
msfi01: “I learned so much from you about strength and feminism when I was a young woman. You seem to have so much confidence – what advice would you give to women who are in their 30s and 40s now?”
Gillian: “I’ve spent a lot of my life not having confidence. But when you’re in the public eye, it becomes a necessity to behave as if you do. And honestly I think that the years of acting as if, truly, has contributed to my feeling of confidence. I’ve spent so much of my life feeling fear and still putting one foot in front of the other, and doing my best to never let my fear keeping me from saying yes to something that I know intrinsically I want to do. And in the doing of scary things, things get less scary.”
‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ is my life motto at the moment. I think Gillian would approve.
Jodie: “If I tell you a joke will you tell me one?”
Gillian: “What did the zero say to the 8? Nice belt.”
You can find the rest of these great questions and answers on The Guardian.
On another note, the day before The Guardian posted another article with Gillians where she discussed her brother, her past relationships and her rebellious teen years. It’s quite a fun read.
She smiles. “Yes, I have had a bloody good year.”
Full article to be found on The Guardian as well.