Gillian Anderson is one of the most celebrated actresses today, and she's been involved with many amazing and wonderful projects throughout the course of her career. And she's not finished yet – far from it. This actress continues to charm her audiences with her seductive acting style, fierce independence, and undeniable good looks. It's no wonder why many people today consider her to be the steamiest cougar around today. She started off her life traveling around the world with her family, and she actually grew up in London, England. She soon moved back to America, however, and as a result, she can switch between English and American accents seamlessly.
Although her good looks are definitely a big part of her charm, her amazing acting talent is what propelled her to the very top of the entertainment world. You might recognize her from huge TV shows such as The X-Files, but she's also appeared recently on the hit show American Gods. In addition, she also has enjoyed an impressive theater career, winning many awards and appearing in countless big name theater productions. Although she's 49, she still has the ability to charm us, and she looks just as hot as she did back in her younger years. That's quite an accomplishment, and we hope that she has plenty more to offer us in the coming years. These 15 photos will remind us that Gillian Anderson is an icon for a reason.
15 She's Always Been Hot
Even if you're not a fan of Gillian Anderson, you have to admit that she's quite attractive. And compared to other so-called "cougars," she's definitely one of the hottest. After all, who else is there who could possibly compete with her for top cougar status? She's all alone at the very top, and few women could ever hope to look as good as her at the age of almost 50. She's not finished yet, but pretty soon we'll be looking back at her career and wishing there were more women like her in Hollywood.
Of course, the word "cougar" implies that she goes after younger men. While she's yet to snag any younger guy known to the entertainment world, we can't rule out that possibility. Because she's definitely still desirable, and there are tons of guys out there who wouldn't mind being this wild cat's prey...
14 Hot Photoshoot
Another thing that's clear when you look at Gillian Anderson is that she's a very beautiful woman. Even now at her advanced age, there's something very seductive and alluring about the way she looks, and this has proven to be a great asset for her in her acting career. She's done quite a few photoshoots over the years, but this photo is from one of he hottest. As a blonde, she looks ravishing, and she'd clearly make any guy feel very lucky indeed.
So what's her secret to beauty? In her words, “Even with all the fancy creams I’ve been gifted over the years, once I started seeing that my skin was suffering, I began to pay more attention to it. I started using a mixture over the years of Clinique and Estée Lauder. It’s not a huge part of my life, but I’ve began making an attempt to use some of the stuff that’s out there. And you know, I think it works. I think my skin definitely feels better. When I haven’t really paid attention to what my hair and makeup people are doing and the car is waiting outside and I don’t really have time to fix it at the last minute. That’s happened plenty of times.”
13 Seductive Acting Technique
One thing's clear immediately after setting eyes on Gillian Anderson. She's a great actor. Not only that, but she has a very particular style of acting that is totally unique. Believe it or not, when she was in the running to land the role on The X-Files, the studio was concerned she didn't have enough s*x appeal. But it's clear now that every fiber of her body exudes insane amounts of hotness, and this really comes through in her acting style.
Talking about her acting style, she said, “I’m damaged in many ways. And yet a lot of what my fight is about is pushing through that to live a meaningful, sane existence and make a difference and play to my strengths. I think damaged characters resonate with me. It might be the one area where I get to reveal those aspects of myself because the rest of the time I’m caught up in being this responsible mother of three children and the activist and the author and the blaaaah. All that stuff. And so it is like the little hole at the top of the brown rice pot that lets the steam through.”
12 Incredible In Blue Lace
There are many parts of Gillian Anderson's body which deserve a lot of praise. Her face has a kind of angelic seductiveness which seems to hold many secrets. Mystery is a very attractive trait, and she seems to perpetuate this kind of mystique that seduces tons of people. But one part of her body that is not left up to the imagination is her chest. She often wears very revealing tops which show off tons, and that's always a beautiful sight. This picture is a perfect example of why Gillian Anderson is still so confident in her body.
Speaking about her ability to consistently act, she revealed, "I'm so lucky to have such great work. I've got a fantastic life, I have a wonderful relationship with my kids, and there's nothing lacking, but I'm leaning towards the idea that it's time for somebody to be brave enough to ask me out. I've asked out guys in the past. I remember being in the cinema in the States and I made eye contact with a man going in. I noticed we laughed at same points and seemed to respond in the same way to the same moments.
11 Eel Scarf
Sometimes, you just have to go your own way. Gillian Anderson is someone who goes her own way a lot. She never lets anyone tell her what to do. For example, most people like to wear scarves made out of wool, or cotton, or maybe even fur. But not Gillian Anderson. She wears an eel as a scarf. Because why not? Also, this is a strangely hot picture. Who knew eels would make such hot clothing accessories. Who knows, maybe this will catch on! But if there's one thing that's clear from this picture, it's that Gillian Anderson can look amazing wearing pretty much anything.
While she might be radical in her choice of scarves, when it comes to political discussion, she's pretty non-expressive: “I generally have a tendency to steer away from outright political discussion in interviews, because I am an actor, and there’s so much that I don’t understand, and I don’t for a second feel like I have a right to that platform. I don’t want to get into a discussion about Trump or about Brexit or any of that – I feel it’s best left to people who really understand the very, very complex issues. Not for a second am I going to pitch in, because I don’t really know what it is that I’m talking about. I have opinions, but I don’t think my opinions are more valid because I’m an actor and have more of a platform than others.”
10 Sizzling In Red
Here's another picture from her red carpet events, and as you can see, this actress really knows how to get her followers interested. I'm sure she's aware that a huge percentage of her fans on social media are male, and most of them must have been very interested to see her posting pictures like these. She's looking amazing in a figure-hugging red dress, and most men would forget that she is in her 40s.
While she seems relaxed in this picture, Gillian admits that she doesn't know how to slow down: "I keep myself busy because when I stop, that's when I get in trouble. That's what I've learned. But then sometimes it's important that I force myself to stop, because what am I running from? It could be that I've got huge grief left over from the death of my brother or it could be that because I am 47 and know how challenging it is to get work as you move close to your 50s, that much of my perpetual movement is about the fear of it [work] stopping. Either way, I need to get at the truth of it."
9 Red Hot On The Red Carpet
One the red carpet, Gillian Anderson also knows how to really turn some heads. The red carpet is a place where style is paramount, and women especially must be very careful about what they wear if they don't want to be criticized by fashion journalists the next day. If they get too crazy with their outfits, they get laughed at. But if they go the conservative route, they get attacked for being too boring and not taking enough risks. Gillian Anderson shows us that she's capable of finding a happy balance between the two with this hot outfit.
Although she's still wowing people on the red carpet, she's also starting to think about what it means for her career to slow down: “Well, the bigger picture part is that I’m responsible for quite a lot of people financially, so it’s that. But it’s also a little bit of fear of what happens when one slows down. When I think about an empty period of time, fear comes up. I’m quite good at being on my own, so it’s not necessarily fear of myself, but probably fear of facing those things like, why do I drive myself so hard?”
8 Young And Innocent
Although Gillian Anderson definitely looks amazing right now, some would say that during her younger years, she was even more attractive. It's clear that she was hot then and now, but looking at this old picture of her, it's easy to see why she captured so many people's hearts at such a young age. She was only 24 years old when she first landed her big role on The X-Files. This photo was taken around the time she first started to get big, and as you can see her beauty was incredible back then. It's also interesting to see how little she's actually changed after all this time. She really doesn't look that much different today, although over 20 years has passed.
Her youth wasn't all that happy, however. She revealed that she was actually bullied growing up in London, saying, "I was pasty, pudgy and all the kids referred to my parents as Yanks. We’d visit family in the US and it was all sunshine and candy, so it had a magical tinge to it. I didn’t know where I belonged. It wasn’t until my 20s that I fell in love with London again."
7 Taken By The Swamp Thing
The interesting thing about Gillian Anderson is that she's really good at playing strong, independent female characters. In fact, that was a major part of what drew her to her iconic role in The X-Files. She actually promised herself that she would never do any acting for television after she moved to LA. But that all changed when she read the character breakdown for her role in The X-Files, and she realized this was the strong, independent female role she had been looking for. That being said, it's always interesting when these roles are flipped upside down. In this picture, she's playing the role of "damsel in distress" instead of her usual strong role, and the result is a hot and interesting scene.
Speaking of the reboot of the show that made her famous, she admits that it was a slow start: “In the first episode, they’re no longer a couple. They’re living apart. They have not had that much contact with each other. Obviously there is a child between them, and so they’re always going to be connected in that way. But it feels a little estranged at the very beginning, which is kind of how it always was. It was this tension between the two of them which is part of what worked with the series and which drove the series, so it’s actually an interesting way I think for us to begin again.”
6 Charming Eyes
We mentioned before how Gillian Anderson seems to carry with her a sense of mystery and intrigue. And when you look at her face, you can really see that in her eyes. There's a sense that she's not telling us something, and it's really attractive. This is a picture of her when she was much younger, and you can really see why she was destined to become such a major star back then.
But as it turns out, there was something that she wasn't telling us – she was actually in a relationship with another woman at one point: “I decided to talk about it now because someone with whom I was in a relationship a couple of decades ago — a woman — passed away about a year ago. I was talking about her and in the context of the gentle conversation we were having I thought I would say that I have had a couple of relationships with women, but my experience was different because I did have a choice. I still liked boys. I never identified 100% with being gay because I knew for me it wasn’t the only way. I haven’t spoken up about it before, [but] there isn’t the same fear and stigma — not that there was [in the past]. But she had just passed and I wanted to speak about it in a matter-of-fact kind of way.”
5 Lounging Around
One thing that is clear about Gillian Anderson from the moment you lay eyes on her is that she is very comfortable in her own skin. This type of confidence when it comes to her body is what makes her so hot. She might not be the most attractive actress in the whole world, but she's definitely one of the most confident, and that's what really sets her apart from many other women. You can really sense that confidence with this picture in particular, as she lies on the floor with a very hot dress on. Her red hair and beautiful blue eyes are simply stunning, and you stare at this picture for hours and not get bored.
But when did she get so confident? As Gillian herself admits, it was her role in The X-Files that forced her to accept her own femininity. Speaking about her character, she revealed, "She's so comfortable with herself. It's a confidence and she's obviously comfortable with her femininity, she's masculine and feminine. I tend to hide from my femininity, I dress in all black and wear combat boots. She allowed me to embrace that aspect of myself and be more feminine."
4 One Of The Hottest Redheads
Without a doubt, Gillian Anderson is one of the hottest redheads in film and television right now. But what most people don't know is that Gillian Anderson is actually a fake red head! That's right, red is not her natural hair color, and she's actually a blonde girl naturally. She had to dye her hair for her role in X-Files, and that's why so many people think of her as a redhead. But no matter what color her hair is, it's clear by looking at pictures like this that she's incredibly hot.
This is an old photo, though, and now the actress is starting to feel the stress of getting old: "I did a job once where I felt like the oldest person in the make-up trailer, and I literally cried for two days afterwards. I was grieving my youth, wondering where it had gone. I didn't even feel like I was present when it was there. But then it becomes about embracing what you've got, and so much is great about this age. In some ways I can't wait [to go grey]. I have to assume that, at a certain point, the proposition will present itself to me."
3 Today's Marilyn Monroe
One of the most shocking and alluring roles Gillian Anderson has ever played was in the recent hit TV show American Gods. In this show, Gillian Anderson became none other than Marilyn Monroe. This age-old American s*x symbol is well-known even to the youngsters today. And Gillian Anderson was the perfect woman to play the part, as she proved. She's always had a good amount of flirtatious ability, and this was highlighted in this particular role.
Speaking about the role, she said, “I didn’t know all that much about Marilyn as much as we all know what’s in the greater consciousness: the key pieces of her death and her struggle and her marriage and all that. And actually, I was surprised at how easy I found it to immerse myself in that and how much fun it was. She was definitely the one I had the most fun doing, just because there’s an imminent joy to her [...] And there’s a mechanism that we used to get her floating — I was on this robotic contraption that had been built with fans in it so that my skirt was constantly moving, even though they were going to recreate and enhance some of that in CGI. So for the majority of that scene, it was me being driven around via remote control with fans blasting vertically up my dress.”
Gillian Anderson has been around the entertainment industry for quite some time now, and she's adapted well to the many changes this industry has experienced over the years. One of the biggest changes is the rise of social media. But this is something that Anderson has easily figured out, and her Instagram page is actually really interesting. She posts tons of pictures, including this one of her dressed up as Cleopatra. It's a perfect costume for her, as she really fits the mold of such a confident woman.
Another confident woman she played was Marilyn Monroe, and she loved playing this famous woman: "It is a delicious opportunity, she said. "It's also pretty daunting, as you can imagine. I have been a little bit gun shy in a way, and nervous about paying attention to any responses, or really much of anything. It's not a small deal, to jump into or pretend to be such iconic human beings. On the one hand, it's delightful and a wonderful challenge, figuring out not just what of that person remains, what of media remains, what of me remains, what the take will be that is effective for the telling of the story — but also, what is possible? What's possible without prosthetics? What's possible with just makeup? What's possible with just your voice? It's fun, but it's daunting."
1 Vampire Babe
With the huge vampire craze going on right now, everyone is obsessed with hot vampires and stories such as Twilight or True Blood. But as it turns out, Gillian Anderson has been flirting with this popular sub-genre for quite some time. She's best known for The X-Files, and one episode of this show dealt with the concept of vampires. Once again, she was really hot in this episode, and many of her fans look back on this episode as one of her best. In fact, Gillian Anderson herself looks back on this episode as one of her favorites.
When asked what her favorite episode was, she answered, "It's called 'Bad Blood.' I think – oh, I don't even know what season it's in. It's kind of funny. It actually has Luke Wilson in it. Oh my god, I just have to think about that episode and I start to laugh. I think it's so funny. Just the idea [that] Mulder is chasing this young kid he thinks is a vampire and just as he's about to put the stake through his heart, I pull out his fake vampire teeth and he goes, 'Oh, s***' right before the titles run. That in and of itself brings joy to my world."