Gillian Anderson Says She’s ‘Falling In Love’ With Margaret Thatcher After Being Cast As Her In ‘The Crown’—And Fans Are Conflicted

Gillian Anderson, best known for her work as Dana Scully on the X-Files, has been cast to play UK conservative (lower case “c” for the right leaning ideology) figure Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the hit Netflix series, The Crown. The casting raised some eyebrows, but it’s been Gillian’s comments on playing the role that really got people talking.

Anderson reports to be excited to take on such a controversial figure; which is something many actors feel when asked to tackle a role that requires stepping far outside of themselves. The challenge can be riveting.

However, in Anderson’s statement released by Netflix, there was one little phrase that really threw her fans for a loop.

See if you can pick it out. 


Yeah, it was the “falling in love with the icon” bit.

Politically speaking, Gillian Anderson and Margaret Thatcher could not be further separated from one another. Thatcher—as Prime  Minister and head of the (upper case) Conservative Party in Britain—was known for her oppressive conservative policies, particularly as they related to social issues, minorities, the poor and the LGBTQ community. In fact, she was behind Section 28, which banned local governments from anything that could be construed as “promoting homosexuality.”

Section 28 has since been done away with.

Gillian—as a self-identified member of the LGBTQ community and advocate for many social issues—saying she was “falling in love” with Thatcher, confused and angered a lot of people.

Like… a whole lot. 


Word choice may really be all it is.

Gillian spoke about the role further when doing an interview with The Guardian. There she acknowledged that even she was having a bit of a hard time reconciling the person from the acting challenge.

Gillian explained: 

“I haven’t quite figured out how to talk about her yet.”

“To a certain degree, it’s very helpful for an actor, at least in my experience, to slightly fall in love with the character you’re playing, regardless of what your opinion might be of them, if it’s a historical character, particularly.”

“So I have.”

You do you, Ms. Anderson.

Season 1 and 2 of the critically acclaimed The Crown is available here.

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