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Gillian Anderson on fizzy drinks effects

Gillian Anderson can feel it on her waistline if she drinks too much cola, especially as she's not a big fan of the gym.

The blonde beauty looks much younger than her 45 years, thanks to her glowing complexion and enviable figure.

While Gillian isn't one to deny herself, she does begin to feel the effects on her waistline if she indulges in too many fizzy drinks.

"I go through stages of drinking loads of cola and, while I’m OK with that, I start feeling less comfortable in my clothes, and I hate that level of distraction. It’s a strong enough repulsion to stop drinking it for a while," Gillian smiled to The Edit.

The star became a household name after playing agent Dana Scully in cult '90s TV show The X-Files, and has been a permanent fixture on the small screen since its 2002 finale.

She's currently filming season two of the hugely successful The Fall, a psychological thriller set in Belfast, Northern Ireland in which she plays DSI Stella Gibson.

Playing the role has had a fundamental impact of Gillian's confidence.

“Because she’s so comfortable in her body," she explained. "I do yoga, but don’t like the gym. It’s partly laziness, partly schedule, but mostly because I don’t want to make it a priority.”

While she may not be a gym bunny, self confidence and esteem are high on Gillian's priority list and she hopes it's something she's passed on to her 19-year-old daughter Piper.

“If I can help her self-esteem remain intact then I’ll have done my job. Self-esteem should have nothing to do with what you look like – if you exude genuine confidence, people will be swept into it. You have to be able to hold yourself," she said.

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