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(LA Times)

Lately I’ve been starved for some life inspiration, so I thought I’d profile a lady whom I admire greatly for living a truly passionate, artistic life: Gillian Anderson.

I almost don’t want to mention The X-files (except, I just did) because in the time since, Scully has proven to be the tip of the iceberg for her.  Gillian has taken her life in an unconventional direction, at least by Hollywood standards, and has built an incredibly impressive body of work. We in America aren’t aware of the majority of her other work outside X-Files, though, which is a shame. She’s a wildly successful case of following your instincts and truly living your own life, without worrying about any prescribed status quo.

How, you ask? Well, she moved to London for starters. Since moving there, she has been embraced by their film, television, and theater communities. In the past few years, she has done several BBC mini series and several British films, as well as plays in the West End. Proving to be an immense character actress, each role she takes on is vastly different from the previous and all are incredibly nuanced. Watching her Lady Dedlock in the BBC mini series Bleak House is like watching a master class on acting for the camera.

(As Lady Dedlock in Bleak House, Source: BBC)

In addition to acting, she also works tirelessly for several charities in Africa, the US, and the UK. To name just a few, she is a trustee for an organization called Off the Street Kids, which helps impoverished South African youths transition to adulthood, and is on the board of Artists for a New South Africa. She is also a hugely accomplished world traveller. (Seriously, her passport must be the most wonderful collection of stamps.) Somewhere in all of this, she has managed to have three children, redesign a few homes, and work on adapting the novel, Speed of Light, into a screenplay.

I. feel. lazy.

If you’d like to find out more about her career and charity work, you can visit her official website. Or visit Off the Street Kids and Artists for a New South Africa. If you happen to be living in LA or London, you can volunteer with these wonderful organizations and of course donations are always welcome. To see her work, I highly suggest watching Bleak House, Any Human Heart, and a beautiful little film, The Mighty Celt, where she has an Irish accent that will blow you away. (All are on Netflix Instant.)

Okay, I’m going to go meditate on how I can make my life more productive now.

(Gillian Anderson Website)

 

 

Written by Meghan Wilson

Meghan Wilson

Meghan is an actor originally from Atlanta, GA, though she is probably the least Southern person you’ll ever meet. She spent the majority of her childhood in dance studios, before discovering that speaking onstage is awesome. She went to school at Northwestern University in Chicago, majoring in Theater and Art History. Her Chicago theater credits include A Fairy Tale Life with Emerald City Theatre Company as well as productions of The Robot Show, Stages of Grief, and Cherrywood at Northwestern. She performed in a workshop production of Alien Child at T. Schreiber Studios in NYC. Film work includes the comedic short In Love With a Nun and The Detention Teacher. You may also have seen her roller skating in a McDonald’s commercial, crying about being cyber bullied in Mississippi schools, or missing her basketball coach in a Jeep commercial. Meghan writes for her own blog as well, Bohemian Butterflies. A fan of Macy’s coupons, she also makes a mean collage and loves her DSLR camera. Currently, Meghan lives in LA, where she is constantly on the hunt for almond milk lattes.