Gillian Anderson Returned to ‘X-Files’ 10 Days After Giving Birth

Gillian Anderson is looking back on her decision to come back to work less than two weeks after giving birth.

During her appearance on Today on Wednesday, April 3, the actress, 55, spoke with Savannah Guthrie about returning to work on The X-Files just 10 days after welcoming her oldest child, daughter Piper, in 1994. Anderson shares Piper with production designer Clyde Klotz and is also a mother to two sons, Oscar, 15, and Felix, 17, with ex-Mark Griffiths.

“If I didn’t feel so guilty that I got pregnant in the first season, I might have taken better care of myself and been more thoughtful about what I needed for my best interest at the time,” the actress told Guthrie, 52.

“But I think I was so wrapped up in, ‘I almost got fired, I’ll mess this up, I’ll do whatever they say.’ So yeah, 10 days after a C-section,” she continued. “But we’re still talking about it, right? It’s interesting. Whatever it was, 30 years ago.”

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Gillian Anderson and daughter Piper Maru Klotz attend the World Premiere of Netflix’s “The Crown” Season 2 at Odeon Leicester Square on November 21, 2017 in London, England.

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Elsewhere in her interview, Guthrie and Anderson chatted more about the actress’ passion for advocating for women’s empowerment, including her book “Want,” in which she publishes anonymous letters from women around the world.

“I like the frame you put on it. It’s not just inspirational quotes we say to ourselves in the mirror. You’re saying women should be thinking about what they want,” Guthrie told Anderson.

Anderson added about the book, “And at the end of the day, probably what stands out the most is the degree to which women struggle to ask for what they want, both at work, in a relationship, and in the bedroom. And so, it’s worth continuing to talk about.”

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