'Crisis' Gillian Anderson: 'It's a different world in Washington'

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On the freshman drama "Crisis," airing Sundays on NBC, Gillian Anderson plays Meg Fitch, a tough tech CEO dealing with the kidnapping of her daughter, who is secretly the child of her sister, FBI Agent Susie Dunn (Rachael Taylor).

Anderson takes time to answer a few questions from Zap2it about being a power player ...

Zap2it: What sort of a person is Meg?

Gillian Anderson: She's a tough cookie. She's probably one of the tougher women I've played. She's much more mainstream that I've played before. I'm thinking about various other roles ... like Miss Havisham from "Great Expectations," Stella Gibson from "The Fall," and Scully (from "The X-Files"), all the tough, complicated women that I've played ... she's probably the most mainstream of them.

That's interesting, in and of itself, to play a contemporary, powerful American woman.

Zap2it: Do you know any women like her?

Anderson: She's coming from Washington, but from what I understand, it's a different world in Washington that I'm not familiar with, but it's hopefully something that I can intuit accurately enough.

But I know a lot of strong women, and I've met a few in the business world and stronger women in the creative arts. I think I've met a couple of women that could be her sisters. I think Meg commands that kind of attention.

Zap2it: What's it like to play a woman like that?

Anderson: Only one other time have I played a character who would command that attention walking into a room full of very powerful people in their own right. That's an interesting power to have; it's a fun power to have.

You put it on when you're on set, but it's all in the world of make-believe. The heads are turning, the backs are straightening, have been told to do so. It's not suddenly because I get to behave this way, that people go "Woo!"
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