Gillian Anderson talks about dating women

The former 'X-Files' star opens up about her past relationships with women

WRITTEN BY: Brittney Elkins
Gillian Anderson at Buskaid in London, 2004
Image Source: Keven Law via Wikimedia Commons
Gillian Anderson at Buskaid in London, 2004

Gillian Anderson of The X-Files opened up about her past relationships recently and shared that she has dated women.

Gillian Anderson played Agent Scully on the popular sci-fi drama and will star in an upcoming adaptation of Great Expectations as Miss Havisham. In an interview, she revealed that she was offered the role of Lady Cora in Downton Abbey.

That wasn’t all she revealed, though. Gillian Anderson told OUT magazine that she has had several affairs with women in the past.

“I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school,” Gillian Anderson said.

Gillian Anderson, who was voted the sexiest woman in the world in 1996, told interviewer Aaron Hicklin that she has had several relationships with women, but “they have been the exception, not the rule.”

“If I had thought I was 100 percent gay, would it have been a different experience for me? Would it have been a bigger deal if shame had been attached to it and all those things that become huge life-altering issues for youngsters in that situation? It’s possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys,” Gillian Anderson said.

Gillian Anderson has been married twice and has three children. She has been dating Mark Griffith since 2006.

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