Well there’s a subject many of you will know well and those that don’t will but know me well will have an inkling.
I’ve been fortunate to meet Gillian Anderson many, many times but the last time I met her was the most special and I realised I have never blogged about this and I feel that I should. Instead of typing this I should be in bed but …. this seems more appealing.
So December 10 2010 will be forever etched in my mind – the day that two of my favourite people and I had an almost private encounter with Gillian.
The background to the story is that my friend Cathy had gotten us tickets to a graduation ceremony that Gillian was attending as she was getting an honorary degree from the London Film School. Our friend Ariane from Puerto Rico was staying with Cathy and came too.
None of us had any expectations from the day other than if we got a photo and a chance to say hi that would be great.
The event got underway and we got to see Gillian accept her award from a very serious Mike Leigh who didn’t seem to appreciate her humour at all or the fact that she seems desperate to work with him :). His loss!!!
Once all the awards were given out the day was being broken up with lunch so we seized our chance to chat to Gillian.
We had to wait a while and a lady that was kind of stewarding was anxious to get us out of the auditorium but we politely and firmly told her that we were not going anywhere as we were waiting to talk to Gillian as she knew us.
Then it was time – Gillian finished talking and she saw us and instantly came over, kissed us all on each cheek, said “Hi, how are you?” to me and asked what we were doing there. We told her we were there to support her.
Ariane asked her if we could have our photos taken to which she was more than happy to oblige and chose a setting she thought looked nicer than where we were standing. She even smiled in my photo which is a rarity in photos as those that are familiar with her will know. Of course that may have been because I told her she had to smile haha.
Well we all said thanks and goodbye and left her to have lunch while we went outside and jumped up and down with excitement.
It’s been five months since that day but right now it’s pretty much one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me and I’m so glad I had such lovely people to share it with. All three of us celebrate this day every month and it instantly cheers us to remember and for that I will always be thankful.