Thursday, October 9, 2014

Gillian Anderson Talks About 'The Fall' Season 2 and Jamie

Season two of The Fall is currently airing in England. What are you allowed to tell us about it?

Gillian Anderson: I’m not allowed to tell you much. The story evolves considerably, and is even more provocative and disturbing in the right way than the first. I was very excited and grateful that the second season topped even our first season in terms of what takes part in the scripts. [The show's creator] Allan Cubitt directed it, and I think he has done an extraordinary job. I can tell you that much.

When it first debuted, was there any controversy in casting Jamie Dornan as the serial killer? He’s so attractive, it really plays with you as a viewer. You are attracted to him and repelled by him at the same time.

Gillian Anderson: Exactly. The initial intention was not to hire somebody who was that attractive. However, it was clear that he was very much the man for the job. It didn’t have anything to do with his good looks, although in the process we realized what that would do psychologically to the viewer. There was something intriguing about that, most definitely.

Jamie is also starring in the film Fifty Shades of Grey. When that comes out in February, he will become globally famous on a crazy level. Have you given him any advice about how to handle growing fame?

Gillian Anderson: Jamie is one of the most grounded people I know. He has a really good head on his shoulders. He has a wonderful relationship with his family and friends. He has a really lovely wife and a lovely family life with his new baby. He’s got it all in perspective, and has a very appropriate and right-sized take on all of this. I don’t think he needs any advice.


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