‘Don’t take it personally’ Gillian Anderson abruptly ends radio chat, stunning Chris Evans

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Gillian Anderson, 53, was in a cheery mood this morning as she spoke on Chris Evans’ Virgin Radio show to discuss her latest project, Robin Robin. The actress was asked a series of questions on her career by the radio host, which lasted well over 10 minutes, before she assumed their interview had wrapped up.

Chris asked the Sex Education star: “Gillian stars in the First Lady coming to us next year?”

Sounding bewildered that the conversation was still going, Gillian replied: “Yes, yes next year.”

Chris, noticing her tone of voice, commented: “Oh she was off then.”

Playing down her mistake, Gillian said: “What?”

The former Top Gear host joked: “You sounded like you were off, halfway out the door.”

Facing up to the fact she had been rumbled, Gillian teased back: “Oh yeah, sorry, I kind of was, but don’t take it personally.”

Chris laughed off the gaffe and responded: “No I won’t!”

Gillian has lent her voice to a sly cat in the newest trailer for Aardman Animations’ upcoming Christmas short, Robin Robin

The film, a collaboration between the animation studio and Netflix, is a holiday-musical for family audiences that follows a young Robin, aptly named Robin. 

Raised by a loving family of mice after her egg rolls into their rubbish dump, Robin sets out to prove that despite her physical differences from the rest of her kin, she is no less of a mouse than anyone else. 

What follows is a Christmas heist adventure filled with mild peril, music, and lovingly crafted stop-motion animation.

Gillian is no stranger to Netflix originals, having received multiple awards for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown season 4, as well as stealing the show in the ever-successful teen drama Sex Education on the streaming platform. 

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Now, she turns her talents to voice-acting as a frightening feline who, as nature would suggest, is out to prey on any bird or mouse she sees.

Meanwhile, Gillian will undoubtedly earn awards season buzz for her brief, but unforgettable guest-starring turn as Catherine’s demanding mother, Joanna, on season two of The Great, which is now streaming on Hulu.  

First appearing opposite Catherine (Elle Fanning) and Peter III (Nicholas Hoult) in episode seven, which is entitled Stapler, Gillian’s character shakes things up for the duelling couple in an unexpectedly wicked way. 

“She’s used to controlling her daughters,” Gillian said of Joanna, who is known “as the maestro of marriage within the European courts because she has many daughters and she’s married them off very quickly.”  

But now that Catherine has led a coup against her husband and has taken over Russia, Joanna’s unhappy with the way the news is disrupting her latest attempts to marry one of her daughters off to the King of France. 

“And so, she comes to have a look for herself and tries to convince Catherine that she’s making the wrong decision and that she’s just childish and all of her thoughts about women’s rights and etcetera are just nonsense,” the actress said.

Gillian also wowed her social media followers earlier this week when she shared an official photograph of her in character as Eleanor Roosevelt for the upcoming series, The First Lady.

But it seems some fans were concerned over whether Gillian and her co-star Viola Davis, who is set to portray Michelle Obama in the Showtime drama, would have an opportunity to work together on set. 

Given Eleanor Roosevelt died in 1962, many noted they would not be in the same scenes, leaving them feeling “heartbroken”.

After realising the timelines, one person said: “So Viola Davis and Gillian have no scenes together??? This is heartbreaking.” 

Another was keen to ask if perhaps the two actors collaborated away from filming, asking: “@gilliana did you get to work directly with @violadavis??? This is important,” followed by two crying emojis.

Others were thrilled in general to see Gillian portray the historical figure, with many telling her to “clear her award shelf” for the Emmys next year. 

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