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Gillian Anderson announces she's done playing Scully on 'X-Files'

Gillian Anderson announces she's done playing Scully on 'X-Files'

The X-Files star Gillian Anderson, who plays Dana Scully, revealed why season 11 will be her last and she won't return for a season 12.

Gillian had admitted she was thinking about leaving after the show, and during a Television Critics Association (TCA) panel discussion on Wednesday, she declared she was done and ruled out any potential return in the future.

"It's been an extraordinary character, but there's lots of things to do and I don't want to be tied down doing one thing", she said (via Deadline).

Anderson, who portrayed the skeptical agent Scully alongside David Duchovny's conspiracy believer Fox Mulder on the show, has always provided a solid yin to his character's yang. "I have so much respect but I'm finished and that's the end of that". "I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six", she said. "And they all went and did the show without me, so how do you like that?" Anderson said that the six-episode tenth season "would be it. Making the most of it and playing the wonderful characters again".

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"I think as [series creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself that short stack of episodes felt like we were leaning how to walk again and that this [1tth] season of 10 [episodes] feels like the pace is up and we're running". While that's not really any worse than most of the other shows on Fox we have to believe (slight X-Files nod intended) that this is a show they were expecting more out of given its fame and pedigree. Duchovny, 57, joked. "I'm feeling pretty pissed off, now that I remember".

Duchovny is reported to have said it would be "good either way" if The X-Files, which sees Mulder and Scully investigate paranormal events and UFOs, continued without Anderson for another season. I'm good either way. "When I was asked to do another season, I did". So apparently she was fine coming back to give the show a more ceremonious send off than it originally had and letting Scully have one last hurrah, but she's ready to move on from that part of her life now. It's been an extraordinary opportunity, an extraordinary character.

"I've said from the beginning this is it for me", Anderson told TV Guide Magazine ahead of the 11th season premiere.