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Gillian Anderson Recall Her Serendipitous Meeting With Emily Maitlis Before Playing Her In Netflix Movie

During a charity event, Gillian unexpectedly ran into Emily. Gillian described her appearance, saying, "She looks like a movie star."

Gillian Anderson, known for her role in “Sex Education,” is set to play Emily Maitlis in the upcoming Netflix film “Scoop.” The movie is based on Prince Andrew’s infamous interview with Newsnight in 2019.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Gillian shared an interesting anecdote about a chance meeting she had with Emily before filming began.

Initially, Gillian had requested a meeting with Emily to discuss the role. However, Emily declined the meeting as she was already involved in another TV adaptation of the interview for Amazon Prime. Despite this, fate had other plans for the two actresses.

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During a charity event, Gillian unexpectedly ran into Emily. Gillian described her appearance, saying, “She looks like a movie star.” It was a stark contrast to Gillian’s dishevelled state, having just arrived from the countryside after spending a week in the mud with her children.

She didn’t even have makeup or a brush for her hair.

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Emily Maitlis and Gillian Anderson together in March 2023.

However, Gillian couldn’t resist the opportunity to meet the woman she had studied for months. She went in for a hug, feeling a sense of familiarity with Emily. But Gillian noted that Emily was “very sweet, but very boundaries.” It seems that their encounter was brief but memorable.

“Scoop” boasts an impressive cast, with Keeley Hawes and Billie Piper joining Gillian Anderson. Keeley will portray Prince Andrew’s former aide, Amanda Thirsk, while Billie will play Newsnight producer Sam McAllist. Rufus Sewell will take on the role of the Duke of York.

Gillian has openly admitted that playing Emily Maitlis was a daunting task. She initially found it almost “too scary” to say yes to the role. However, her talent and dedication will undoubtedly shine through in her portrayal of the renowned journalist.

As fans eagerly await the release of “Scoop,” Gillian Anderson’s chance encounter with Emily Maitlis adds an intriguing layer to the story behind the film. It’s a reminder that even in the world of Hollywood, chance encounters can lead to unexpected connections and memorable moments.

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