Gillian Anderson was filming the still-untitled X-Files movie into the early morning hours and then had to hop on a plane to San Francisco for Wonder Con. That long schedule didn't keep Anderson from chatting enthusiastically about the new film.
How does that feel when you walk out on the stage and everyone screams?
Gillian Anderson: "It's been a really long time since I've heard that so it's, you know, it's cool. It's great that everybody's made the effort to come out and just show their support. I think it's good for us to know that there's still an audience out there."
Did you doubt that?
Gillian Anderson: "No, I don't think we doubted it but, you know, it's extra confirmation that people still are interested in what we have to give."
Is it an added weight on your shoulders when you realize that you have so many millions of fans that have just been waiting for this movie forever?
Gillian Anderson: "I've been trying not to think about that, so thank you very much. Yeah, I'm sure on some level. Yeah, yeah, definitely on some level, just in the quality of it, just wanting it to be. But also I think that Chris (Carter) and Frank (Spotnitz) have come up with a script that satisfies a lot of the fans' needs and that in and of itself hopefully will tick a lot of the boxes, you know? We just want it to be good. We want people to be satisfied."
I was shocked to hear you say in the panel that you came in and you thought you were ready, and you weren't. Was that a shock to you to actually realize you had to think more about Scully?
Gillian Anderson: "It was a shock. It was really frustrating and most of it, as I said, was because I spent such a long time trying to get her out of my head and react to certain things in ways that Scully wouldn't, that when my brain wanted me to get back into it, it was a challenge. It took a lot longer than I thought it did. But coming in, I'd just flown back from India and then the next day from London to Vancouver, and then the next day working, and really two intense scenes. What I was relying on was that it would be easy, and it wasn't at all. But I think we got it."