Gillian Anderson in Maxim

So who appeared on the cover of Maxim this past April (when I wasn’t paying attention, apparently)? None other than Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as FBI Agent Dana Scully on the cult hit television series the X-Files. As a kid, I was an avid X-Files fan (I actually still have some of the episodes I bought on VHS back when it wasn’t all that cool to buy TV shows on, ahem, tape), and I remember buying an issue of TV Guide that featured a photo shoot of Anderson. To this day, I remember the hairpin curls in her short, glossy red hair and the revealing satin dress she wore in the issue’s centerfold.

Back then, Gillian Anderson (despite the awful pantsuits she had to wear on the show in the 90’s) was to me the pinnacle of female beauty. Now that I’m a bit older, I still enjoy the occasional late-night X-Files episode featured on the Sci-Fi channel or FX, but for some reason it wasn’t until I saw the April Maxim cover shoot that I remembered what an impression Anderson made on me (I have a sneaking suspicion that she’s the reason I continue to dye my auburn hair bright red).

The good news? Well, there’s actually a lot of good news concerning Gillian. First, the long-awaited (well, it’s been long-awaited by loyal fans, anyway.. you know, those of us who still like the show, even though we recognize that it jumped the fucking shark in season eight… and nine…) announcement that the second X-Files film will finally be released (the date is set for July 25, 2008, which means I have to find someone else willing to go see this movie with me, and fast) heralds the possibility of finally seeing what fans have waited years for: some hot Mulder-Scully action. Breaking of the ever-heightening sexual tension that existed between the show’s two main characters. In other words… sex. Personally, I have high hopes, despite what those bastards at Zimbio reported last year.

Anyway, back to the good news. As Anderson’s Maxim shoot amply proves, the 40-year-old actress is still really hot. I mean, maybe I’m partial to redheads (Rose McGowan was one for a while, wasn’t she? And Gwenyth Paltrow has never looked as gorgeous as she does in her recent role as Pepper Pots in Iron Man… in which she happens to be a redhead…), or maybe it’s nostalgia, but come on… If I look as good as Gillian when I’m 30, I’ll be ecstatic, nevermind when I’m 40 and have already had kids.

And if that wasn’t enough, not only do we have the new trailer for The X-Files: I Want to Believe, but we’ve just found out that Gillian Anderson is pregnant!! But more on that in a second, here is the trailer:

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See the trailer in High Definition over on Yahoo

Anderson, who has a 13-year-old daughter named Piper from her marriage to Clyde Klotz (assistant art director on the X-Files from 1993-1994… and thank God she didn’t take his name, right?), is now expecting her third child. Anderson and boyfriend/director Mark Griffiths (National Lampoon’s Going the Distance, 2004; Behind Enemy Lines, 1998) already have a 20-month old son, Oscar.

Gillian’s pregnancy is ironic following her confessions about feeling “too old” during the filming of I Want to Believe. For more information on the X-Files movie, Gillian Anderson’s sexy new photos, Anderson’s recent X-Files interviews, or her pregnancy, check out the following links:

For more photos from the April Maxim shoot, visit Popoholic. For Anderson’s recent comments about filming The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008), visit TVGuide. For additional recent photos of Anderson (again, looking amazing), visit Popoholic.

And a little aside on this last article: f**k you, dude who wrote this. It’s far from surprising that Gillian Anderson is hot. You just never noticed before, that’s all. Ass.


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