Gillian Anderson explains why she has quit 'X-Files'

Gillian Anderson explains why she has quit 'X-Files'

The truth may still be out there, but after "The X-Files" wraps its 10-episode season later this year, Dana Scully will not.

"For me, "The X-Files" is Mulder and Scully". However, it's the way in which their old friends reaches out to them that is sure to get fans talking as is the chilling secret revealed from their encounter. Carter has mentioned in interviews that he wouldn't want to do more X-Files without Anderson.

"A woman who wasn't just the object of man's desire but a strong-willed, smart, courageous woman who was career-driven and fiercely independent", Anderson said of Scully.

Anderson, who's recently parted ways with American Gods too, fielded questions during a Television Critics Association panel and confirmed she's ready to pack it in as Scully.

Anderson also confirmed that she won't return to "American Gods", just as executive producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are no longer involved. "I'm finished." Apparently Scully's sendoff has already been filmed, so depending on how that was handled, there may be no turning back at this point. 'I felt that the previous six was going to be it. They went and did the show without me, how do you like that?


And for her part, Anderson seems conflicted over how to feel about this chapter closing, finding the question hard to answer when asked about her thoughts on this being the end.

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 chose to do more episodes or not, he would be "good either way".

At the same time, when she agreed to return to "The X-Files", Anderson said "it never occurred to me that it was now a new series". I am hugely grateful, but there's lots of other stuff I want to do and I don't really want to be tied down to months and months of doing any particular one thing that I feel like I've done.

Anderson said she moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s with the hope of transitioning from stage to film, but had the "good fortune" of meeting X-Files creator Chris Carter who ultimately gave her the role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent.

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