‘The X-Files’ Star Gillian Anderson Bares It All For PETA!


There is quite a great deal of unanswered mysteries on The X-Files. However, the answer is loud and clear when it comes to the question about Gillian Anderson’s feelings about fur.

Anderson aka Agent Scully on the show, posed naked albeit with a pair of costume cat ears for the latest “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ad by PETA. The photograph will be displayed on a 70-foot billboard towering above the Penn Station during the upcoming New York Fashion Week, and it is something which according to Anderson felt “liberating” to be a part of. You can have a look at the image below:

“I found it liberating to use my body to make an important statement,” Anderson said via a statement from PETA. “People tend to look away from anti-fur ads showing mangled animals, but they’re drawn to PETA’s ‘naked’ campaign, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

The “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign is being run by PETA for many years now and has featured a number of celebrities posing in the buff for the campaign. As far as Anderson is concerned, she has been a staunch PETA supporter. In 2015, she had featured in a TV spot for the campaign after the end of her NBC series Hannibal. Hannibal producer Bryan Fuller, who recently left Apple’s upcoming reboot of Amazing Stories series, created the ad which showed the actress sitting down to a dinner where she had offered her own leg as the main course dish.  The ad had Anderson saying “eating meat, it’s a matter of taste” before the camera zoomed down to show her bandaged thigh.

Despite the billboard not being as disturbing as that 2015 television spot, a lot of talk has been surrounding Anderson’s role in season 11 of The X-Files on Fox. While fans have praised her for her comeback as Scully, the actress has been vocal about the season being the last time she plays the famous character. Anderson informed press on the occasion of Television Critics Association press event in January that she had taken the decision to exit the character even before the season 10 of the series started.

I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six, but I was really curious,” Anderson said. “I felt that the previous six was going to be it. It was dipping our toe back in again … and getting to play these wonderful characters again. I think as [series creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself, that short stack of episodes felt like we were learning how to talk again and that this season of 10 feels like the pace is up and we’re running.”

You can watch X-Files on Fox, Wednesdays at 8/7c.