Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Gillian Anderson announces she's done playing Scully on 'X-Files'

Gillian Anderson announces she's done playing Scully on 'X-Files'

At an event today for the Television Critics Association, Gillian Anderson extinguished any remaining hopes that she would change her mind about returning to the role of Dana Scully on X-Files.

The X-Files has had its ups and downs in quality over the years, from season to season, and even within the seasons, depending on the individual episode's focus. It's not as if Anderson has just been sitting around twiddling her thumbs with nothing to do when The X-Files wasn't on TV.

Anderson also mentioned that she won't be starring in any more American Gods on Starz.

"The next couple years are quite full and I want to explore them without being tied to a series", Anderson said. "I'm really serious. I have so much respect for these guys and I have respect for Scully and I have respect for David [Duchovny] and it's really sad, but I'm finished and that's the end of that".

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Pressed on why she's getting out of the X-Files game, Anderson provided a perfectly understandable answer. "I wouldn't necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye". "I think as [series creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself, that short stack of episodes felt like we were learning how to walk again and that this season of 10 [episodes] feels like the pace is up and we're running".

While Chris Carter has stated he won't do more X-Files without Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny wasn't as concrete as he told reporters if Carter made a decision to do more episodes or not, he would be "good either way". Now it seems Anderson will follow them out the door after budget cuts on the series led to a split with the show runners.

Anderson had previously teased that she wasn't planning on returning to "The X-Files" if the series continued past season 11, which just debuted last week, but now she's officially calling it quits on a character she first originated all the way back in 1993. "I'm feeling pretty pissed off, now that I remember", Duchovny joked. Add to that, FOX is still undergoing an upheaval after the majority of the company was sold to Disney with that deal still facing approval over the next 12 to 18 months.

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