The X-Files saved Gillian Anderson

Jul 23, 2013 at 1:55 p.m. ET

We all love Gillian Anderson for her role as agent Dana Scully in The X-Files, and it seems no one loves the role more than Anderson herself.

Gillian Anderson has recently admitted that she was extremely broke just before she landed her lucky break in the in the science fiction TV series The X-Files, starring in the role of FBI special agent Dana Scully. Gillian Anderson saved by X-Files role

The 44-year-old actress is very grateful for the opportunity to have been in such a successful role for almost a decade of her life. She even got to star opposite the hunky David Duchovny, who played the role of Scully's partner Fox Mulder.

In a recent interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Anderson said: ''When I jumped into [The X-Files], I was just going for the pilot. I didn't think it was going to be nine years of my life."

''At the time, I was sleeping on a friend's couch and I was literally on my last unemployment check when I got that job.''

Anderson has not broken away from the detective roles yet, as she most recently starred as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson in the British police drama The Fall. However, she admits that her character is very different from that of her X-Files role.

''Scully was quite naive, very innocent and very straightlaced. Stella's kind of hard to explain. She's also very serious about her work and she's a bit of an enigma; she doesn't really communicate that much with the people that she works with."

''Stella's very in touch with her femininity and she dresses well. But she doesn't use her femininity, it's not a tool.''

We wish Gillian all the best in her new ventures and we're very happy that she's no longer a starving artist!

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