Gillian Anderson is a nerd-boy fave. Most of those nerd-boys are now grown up, even if they are still living at home. But when Anderson dropped in to do a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), the fan base turned out in droves.
When asked about any recent news regarding a possible upcoming X-Files movie, Anderson was coy.
"Uh….uh... uh... Sorta kinda. Keep your ears to the ground.”
That was enough to elicit loads of “I want to believe” responses.
Anderson was also asked, "Are you aware of Kumail Nanjiani's podcast "The X-Files Files"? Have they tried to get you to do an episode?”
She was all about it.
"I wanna do it! I just heard about this yesterday and it sounds awesome.”
But the most fun happened when she was asked about the idea of an all-female Ghostbusters project. Paul Feig has announced that he will do the project with a female cast. Bill Murray has offered up his picks for the women: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini and Emma Stone.
But Anderson wants in.
"OH MY GOD, I just looked it up online. Paul Feig, cast me now! Start a Twitter petition! I'm free!!!!! I’m free I’m free and I'm funny, goddamnit!"
Someone even floated the idea that there could be crossover potential between the X-Files universe and Ghostbusters.
“It would be kind of cool if she got to play Dana Scully in an alternate reality where she was forced out of the FBI for her work in the X-Files and ended up as a ghostbuster struggling to make ends meet.”
But does Anderson herself believe?
One commenter asked, “Have you ever had a real life X-file moment? Or thought you did?”
“I’ve definitely felt other spirits,” Anderson responded. "I’m quite sensitive to it. And yes. But it’s not something you can really talk about with too many people, especially not me.”
Anderson also revealed to the Reddit crowd that she is slightly agoraphobic, likes pea and ham soup, loves Reuben sandwiches, has not quite finished watching Breaking Bad yet, and drinks Americanos at Starbucks.
Anderson was on the AMA chiefly to plug her new novel “A Vision of Fire”, written with Jeff Rovin. But she played the game right and answered plenty of fan questions rather than just sticking to her book.