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Gillian Anderson Credits Playing The Fall’s Stella Gibson For Making Her Feel More Comfortable with her Sexuality

In recent interview with Talk Stoop’s Cat Greeleaf, Gillian Anderson opened up about her recent TV shows success, and how these roles have impacted her personal life.

Anderson, who is on a career high right now, currently plays the hero in the dark and gripping gripping thriller The Fall, now commissioned for a third series. In the below interview she credits playing DSI Stella Gibson with helping her become more in touch with her sexuality.


In spending time with her I became more accepting of myself, and the more complicated aspects of my personality. And at the same time I became more in touch with my femininity and sexuality.”

Also read: Must Watch, the Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi and Gillian Anderson Locking Lips in EP3 of ‘The Fall’

Early this year, Anderson told UK newspaper the Telegraph she is looking for a little romance, and she would not rule out another same sex relationship – as long as her next relationship is The One.

I’m so lucky to have such great work. I’ve got a fantastic life, I have a wonderful relationship with my kids, and there’s nothing lacking, but I’m leaning towards the idea that it’s time for somebody to be brave enough to ask me out.

I wouldn’t discount it. I did it before and I’m not closed to that idea. To me a relationship is about loving another human being; their gender is irrelevant.”

You can also she Anderson in new BBC mini series due out called War and Peace, in which she plays socialite Anna Pavlovna. She’ll be continuing role as Hannibal Lecter’s psychotherapist in the US TV series Hannibal. She has a new movie due out – Robot Overlords – where she’s playing the mother, Kate, in a the new British family sci-fi film. And there is now talk of a reprise of The X-Files with David Duchovny.

Why ‘The Fall’ Should Be Your New Favourite TV Show

Winter is a dreadful time for TV viewers. While Autumn gave us a glut of great television (here’s looking at you How to Get Away With Murder), the Winter hiatus of our favourite TV shows means we’ll have to spend a few chilly weeks without.

So, save we all freeze our toes off, forced to watch Elf a few hundred times over Christmas, it’s time to recommend a new show. Called The Fall, this gripping crime thriller is now in its second series. Set in Northern Ireland, it focuses on a serial killer and one woman’s hunt to catch him.

Mighty good stuff. Read

reasons to watch the show below.

1 Gillian Anderson Plays the Lead

Coming out as bisexual in 2012, Gillian Anderson already has a massive queer (and female) fanbase. However, in The Fall her portrayal of Stella Gibson, a no-nonsense detective who pulls no punches, will win her legions more.

Not only is Gibson a certified badass, but she also enjoys casual sex too. Very often on television we get either/or – we can have a powerful woman who’s a lone wolf or a woman who likes sex but gets burnt too many times – so to see Gibson be a wonderful combination of both is actually quite refreshing.

2. Archie Panjabi’s In It

When Archie Panjabi announced earlier this year that she would be leaving The Good Wife (and therefore bisexual character Kalinda would no longer be on the show) many queer ladies shed several thousand tears. But on The Fall we get another chance to see her stellar acting chops.

Here, Panjabi plays Reed Smith who likes leather jackets and riding her motorbike. A pathologist, she works alongside Gibson studying crime scenes and dead bodies meaning we see her quite a bit (she’s in four of five episodes of the first series and makes a return in the second).

Also worth noting that although in the first series Reed is portrayed as straight, a recent episode from the second series featured a kiss between her and Stella. Having not seen it I can’t say what this means for her identity but it’s certainly something.

3. A Gay Main Character

Yes, although Panjabi’s Reed may or may not be L, G or B (again, this is all per the first season), Niamh McGrady’s character Danielle Ferrington is.

The right hand constable to Detective Gibson, Danielle’s queerness isn’t really a big deal. She mentions that she’s gay in one of the last few episodes of the first series and Gibson seems to be fine with it.
So far, Danielle hasn’t gotten a love interest, which is a little disappointing. However, it also means that you can ship unashamedly and with no guilt whatsoever, so that’s sort of a plus point!

4. It’s Incredibly Creepy

Not that you’d expect a show about a serial killer who preys on young women to be anything else, mind. But really, The Fall is one of the most gripping, thrilling and terrifying shows on TV at the moment.

Killer Paul Spector invades the homes of his unsuspecting victims, and kills them coldly. Many have noted that the the show alludes to sexual violence too which is grim but makes the killings all the more horrific.

It also means that the show will have you watching from between the cracks in your fingers, so expect that when you watch.

5. It’s On Netflix

Now in it’s second series on BBC, UK readers will be able to catch all of the episodes from the second series on BBC iPlayer (do a bit of digging online and you’ll be able to find the first series hosted by other means). It’s US viewers who get the luck of the draw though, as The Fall is available on US Netflix.

Those with a Netflix subscription and a US Internet connection can fire up the app or the website search for ‘The Fall’ and stream every episode from the first series.

Take a look and when you’re done, leave a comment below and let us know what you thought!

Spoiler Alert | Must Watch, the Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi and Gillian Anderson Locking Lips in EP3 of ‘The Fall’

For all of you hungry to see this smoking scene from Season 2 of the ‘The Fall’ – Archie Panjabi and Gillian Anderson locking lips in this fantastic clip.

Actress Anderson plays DSI Stella Gibson, in this ‘cat-and-mouse’ detective vs. serial killer TV series, which also features Panjabi (Kalinda in the ‘Good Wife’) as a medical examiner.

Season 2 has already begun screening in the UK and Ireland. For U.S. audiences, the second season will stream January 16, 2015 on NetFlix.


Finally, the Wait is Over and Gillian Anderson Will Be back on Our TVs in the BBC’s ‘The Fall’

Finally, the wait is over, and a date as been set for the return ‘The Fall‘. Yes – which means I/we get to see more of Gillian Anderson playing DSI Stella Gibson, in this ‘cat-and-mouse’ detective vs. serial killer series.

The series also features Archie Panjabi (Kalinda in the ‘Good Wife) as a medical examiner, and Niamh McGrady as a lesbian police constable. So many wonderful female roles – sign.


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