Gillian Anderson: I Quit The X-Files Because...

Gillian Anderson's decision to quit The X-Files is final.

The star opened up about her decision during a Q&A with reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, explaining that “there are lots of things that I want to do in my life and career."

"It’s been an extraordinary opportunity. I’m extremely grateful. [But] I don’t want to be tied down to doing one thing for months and months… I like to be challenged as an actor."

"That’s why I got into this business. And it’s time for me to hang up Scully’s hat. This is it for me — I’m really serious.”

Anderson has played the role of Dana Scully on and off since 1993, so it makes sense that she wants to distance herself from the character and try out some new projects.

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