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Gillian Anderson's X-Files wig woes

Published 18/01/2016

Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson got headaches from the red wig she has to wear on The X-Files.

Gillian Anderson's flame haired wig in The X-Files feels like a vice to the star.

The 47-year-old actress shot to fame playing agent Dana Scully in the hit sci-fi series, opposite David Duchovny as Fox Mulder. Her red hair for the part became iconic, but Gillian's natural shade actually isn't fiery. With the X-Files reboot, the star had to literally get back into Scully's headspace - which proved an uncomfortable experience.

"A wig has to be very tight, so it's a bit like wearing a vice for 17 hours," Gillian explained to Britain's Metro newspaper.

"You get used to it, but you start the first couple of weeks with headaches. I felt a bit fake in the beginning, but eventually it becomes part of how Scully now felt."

As well as the wig, the gruelling filming schedule of the award-winning show left Gillian feeling flat. In fact after the original series came to an end in 2002 after nine years, Gillian contemplated giving up acting.

"When I ended this series, I didn't know if I could be on a set again," she confessed. "It was nine seasons and I was exhausted.

She added that she'd tell herself: "'Don't do it! No!' What would I tell her? If I could've whispered something into my ear back then, I would've said, 'Relax. It'll all be okay'."

The new X-Files hits screens from 24 January (16). While the premise is the same, Gillian promises her on screen fashion won't be. "One thing was going to be different this time around though: Scully's wardrobe," she told Britain's Vogue magazine. "During the original series, I had paid not a lick of attention to her style. I had known that I wanted her to be homely, because I was determined to be a real actress who didn't care about vanity. But little did I realise that my lack of awareness and taste would lead to years of bad hair and polyester suits."

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