Gillian Anderson of The X-Files Remembers Her FBI Days with a Taylor Swift Meme

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Until 1993 to 2002 and again from 2016 to 2018, the actress played Agent Dana Scully in the Fox science fiction series.

(L-R) Taylor Swift and Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson has vivid memories of her time spent on The X-Files.

The 55-year-old actress used a line from Taylor Swift’s most recent studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, to honor her iconic character as FBI operative Dana Scully in the science fiction drama series. With a picture of Scully with Fox Mulder (played by costar David Duchovny), Anderson posted on April 26 on X (previously known as Twitter) with the words, “you wouldn’t last thirty minutes at the hospital where they raised me.”

She made allusion to the FBI basement offices which Scully & Mulder shared over the nine-year run of the show in her caption, which was taken from the song “Who’s Scared of Big Old Me?” Fans have been making fun of the unusual locales where Swift, 34, grew up on social media since the album’s April 19 release.

The Fox series was helmed by Anderson and Duchovny from 1993 to 2002, with a brief revival from 2016 to 2018. The Crown star’s first significant role was playing Scully, for which she was honored with an Emmy in 1997 for best leading lady in a drama series.

Gillian Anderson


Anderson addressed reports of a third season on the longest-running thriller series in American television history on the Today show on April 3.

“It’s hilarious because, ever since I wrapped up The X-Files, people have always asked me that question in any interview I do, and my response has always been, ‘Nope, it’s definitely not going to happen,'” she joked with host Savannah Guthrie.

“Now, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler—a brilliant, brilliant director—has approached Chris Amon to say he wants to create an update on it and I can’t think of any better method around for a reboot to happen,” the American Gods star went on.

(L-R) David Duchovny as Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in “The X-File”

She stated that “there’s some likelihood [a reboot will] happen,” but it’s unclear if she would play the same famous role.

Anderson went on, “Whether I am part of it is an other thing,” but she’s “not saying no.”

Alongside Lena Headey plus Lukas Till in The Gives up, a western drama series, and a Tron movie scheduled for release in 2025 are among Anderson’s current projects. Her most recent role was in the historical drama Scoop, which was adapted from TV producer Sam McAlister’s autobiography.

Hulu offers full streaming of The X-Files.


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