Gillian Anderson has revealed she had to lie about her age in order to get cast in The X-Files.
The actor played doctor and FBI agent Dana Scully in the Nineties series, alongside David Duchovny as paranormal investigator Fox Mulder.
Speaking on the NPR podcast Fresh Air, Anderson said she nearly lost out on the role.
Terry Gross asked how she got the job when she was 24, which is younger than most doctors.
The actor replied: “Well, I lied. I lied about my age in the first audition, I said I was 27.”
Anderson explained that series creator Chris Carter was “convinced” she was right for the part, but the network thought otherwise.
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