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Gillian Anderson Reveals Lesbian Relationships, Talks Dream Role In Out Magazine

Gillian Anderson

Posted: 03/13/2012 4:20 pm

"X-Files" star Gillian Anderson has revealed she's had numerous relationships with women in a new interview with Out magazine.

The 43-year-old actress and mother of three, who's long enjoyed a sizable lesbian fanbase, tells Out that she first had a relationship with a woman while still in high school, after moving from her native England to suburban Michigan.

“If I had thought I was 100 percent gay, would it have been a different experience for me?” Anderson, who was voted "Most Bizarre" and "Most Likely to Be Arrested" in high school, ponders. “Would it have been a bigger deal if shame had been attached to it and all those things that become huge life-altering issues for youngsters in that situation? It’s possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys."

Anderson, who will next be seen in the BBC's adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations," also confesses to having relationships with other women -- but, as Out's Editor-in-Chief Aaron Hicklin notes, "they have been the exception, not the rule."

She also speaks about her dream of playing Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" -- "I guess there’s some kind of identification there, or a thought that I have something to give" -- before adding that her ideal Stanley would be "Drive" hunk Ryan Gosling. She exclaims, “Can you imagine!?”

Check out the full interview here.

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Jonathan Knight, 2011
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The New Kids On The Block singer was out-ed by fellow '80s teen pop star Tiffany in January 2011 when she revealed she dated Knight before "he became gay later."

In response, Knight posted a message on his website stating in part:
"I have never been outed by anyone but myself! I did so almost twenty years ago. I never know that I would have to do it all over again publicly just because I reunited with NKOTB! I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay!"

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