She’s best known for her roles in The X-Files and The Fall, starring in both as a razor-sharp, right-hand of the law.
But the life of an actress hasn’t all been smooth-sailing for Gillian Anderson , 48, who has revealed she’s battled mental health problems throughout her career – and even fears she may be dyslexic.
Talking to The Sunday Telegrap h, the Hollywood star explained that she has been receiving therapy since she was 14-years-old, and that due to memory struggles she thinks she’s suffering from a learning disorder.
The actress, who shot to global super stardom playing Dana Scully in the ’90s smash-hit The X Files, explained her latest role in Voceroy’s House had left her feeling terrified, in case she forgot her lines – something she fears dyslexia is connected to.
She told the paper’s Weekend magazine : “I took notes, blah, blah, blah, but couldn’t remember a thing he taught me. Nothing. I’m not even sure, if you’d asked me the next day, I could have told you what I’d learned.”
She elaborated on her memory struggles, admitting that if asked about her favourite books she “couldn’t tell you what they were about”.
Opening up about her fears, regarding dyslexia, she said: “I’d always been afraid to look into it, because I was afraid that if I found something out, I would think that I couldn’t do anything that I wanted to do.”
Gillian, who has three children herself, also delved into her own battles with low self-esteem and the mental affects it has had on her.
Having just co-written a self-help book with close friend and journalist Jennifer Nadel, called We: A Manifesto For Women Everywhere, she described how she wished there had been something similar to help her.
“There were times when it was really bad,” she explained. “There have been times in my life where I haven’t wanted to leave the house.”
She also added that she had managed to find much solace in meditating, telling the publication she was able to “tap into” a sense of joy and contentment when practicing the technique.