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Gillian Anderson: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Spilling all! The Fall star, 46, fills Us in.

1. I sleep with my feet out of the covers.

2. I am useless with anything to do with IT.

3. For the past two years, I have had a frozen shoulder and can’t move my left arm beyond 90 degrees to the side.

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4. My favorite fruit is jackfruit, which can be found in Sri Lanka and other tropical places.

5. We have a fish tank in our house. That’s about the extent of animal care we can manage.

6. As a child, I had a kitten that would not grow. It was black, and its name was Sponge.

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7. I am terrible at learning languages. 

8. My hair is neither red nor blonde, but a very boring mousy brown.

9. Dark chocolate makes me happy.

10. My middle name is Leigh.

11. I have one of the worst memories known to man.

12. I spent 15 months in Puerto Rico before I was 2 years old.

13. I had a brother named Aaron who died of a brain tumor three years ago at age 30.

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14. My brother’s tumor was likely connected to a disease he has from birth called neurofibromatosis.

15. I am a patron of the Neurofibromatosis Network charity.

16. I was 24 when I was cast as Scully in The X-Files, but I told the producers I was 27.

17. I have a sister named Zoe who is gay and married to her partner. Thanks, Illinois! 

18. I don’t like okra.

19. I used to be the first violin in a string quartet when I was in grade school. Now, I don’t think I can play a single note.

20. I live in London and have three children. My oldest is 20, and my youngest is 6. 

21. London is my favorite city in the world. I feel grateful every day that I get to live here.

22. I am the cofounder of SA-Yes, a charity in South Africa that provides mentors for youth leaving children’s homes. 

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23. I think one of the funniest movies of all time is Madagascar 2

24. I don’t watch TV.

25. I don’t exercise!!!

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