Gillian Anderson is back on the small screen

Gillian Anderson plays Stella Gibson in the BBC series "The Fall."

Story highlights

  • Gillian Anderson portrays a detective on "The Fall"
  • She also played a psychiatrist on "Hannibal"
  • Anderson said she's open to doing another "X Files" movie
It's safe to say that Gillian Anderson has returned to television.
The former "X-Files" star is involved in three TV series, beginning with a lead role in "The Fall," a psychological crime thriller that debuted to rave reviews on May 13 in Britain. The show hits the U.S. on May 28 when it'll be available for streaming via Netflix.
In "The Fall," Anderson plays a detective who's pulled into a serial killer case with a unique twist to the genre: the audience knows the culprit from the beginning.
But her on-screen exploration of killers doesn't stop there. Recently, she's been seen on NBC's "Hannibal," playing Hannibal Lecter's psychiatrist. Later this summer, she'll start work on a new NBC show called "Crisis," which got a series pick-up earlier this month.
CNN spoke with Anderson recently from New York City about her new TV series, the groundbreaking nature of "The X-Files," and whether Mulder and Scully will reunite on the big screen.
CNN: In "The Fall" you play Stella Gibson, a detective looking for a serial killer. She seems like a very serious person. Is this one of your more serious roles?
Gillian Anderson: I don't know about that. I've played a lot of serious women. I seem to be the go-to woman for seriousness, but as you will see, she's not all serious. There is some lightness in there and some different flavors of personality, I promise.
CNN: The show tells the story in a unique way in the sense that the audience knows who the killer is from the onset. What's interesting for you about the way the story is told?
Anderson: First of all, that hasn't really been done before which is always nice to jump into something that has a bit of uniqueness in this day and age of many, many shows about serial killers. The story lines themselves are very intricately woven and individually complex. The fact that you got a serial killer who is attractive, who is a good father and who is also a grief counselor on the side while he's stalking women and doing unthinkable things ... is really eerie. The fact that he's so recognizable as someone we might meet in a bar ... there's so many different layers in this story. It's a cross section of human life and death, and that's something in this that works on a much deeper level than just a simpl