In 1996, readers of FHM voted Gillian Anderson the “Sexiest Woman in the World.” Over a decade later, now 40 years old and sporting an admitted baby bump, Anderson is still major sexy, and she scored big in her Late Show appearance by making David Letterman look sexy, as well!
Although she began her career as a young actress with a punk edge, Anderson has always walked the line between rebellious counterculture icon and respected mature professional. That balance was evident when she walked onto the Late Show stage, dressed in sleek taupe and black, but with stray wisps of hair escaping her do, looking both elegant and mom-like. Flirty and irreverent from the start, she asked Dave if he was sucking up to her. He denied it but, glancing at her b-bump, replied “It looks to me…” “…like someone else has sucked up to me!?” she finished. The big laugh that got paved the way for the story of how she and Dave had made out the last time she was on the show. (A clip provided proof.) “You didn’t write, you didn’t call,” pouted Anderson, while Dave blushed and ate it all up.
Anderson connected to the show’s ongoing comic campaign coverage with a story about meeting Bill Clinton on the campaign trail. When Dave turned the focus back to her motherhood, she still kept him tightly in the circle of attention by asking about his being a father. And she always maintained the flattering flirtatious edge to the banter. Referring to her ex-pat residence in London, she rued, “After you rejected me, I decided I was going to move…countries.” By the time a clip from “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” was shown, all it needed to provide was a reminder of her chemistry with David Duchovny; she had already won us over as a star.
How does a deft display of talk showmanship like this pay off? Anderson’s presence was so memorable that when Simon Pegg came on after her (it’s always good to have a comedian as a closer), he and Dave spent the first part of his appearance talking about…Gillian Anderson!