The clear boundaries Gillian Anderson sets when working with her partner

Sarah Ilston
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Photo credit: MAX ABADIAN
Photo credit: MAX ABADIAN

From Red Online

Gillian Anderson has opened up about having to push her personal opinions aside to play Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, and discussed working alongside her partner on set.

The Sex Education actress is set to play the former Prime Minister, who served as leader of the Conservative Party from 1979 to 1990, in the fourth season of The Crown.

Speaking to Harper's Bazaar recently, the 52 year-old actress revealed that she had to ignore her own opinions about the controversial politician when getting into character, and concentrate on doing the role justice.

'I had to get to a point where it's nothing to do with my opinions of her policies, of her actions. It is only about her as a human being and her motivation as a politician and as a mother.'

She also admitted that the only way she and her real-life partner - and creator of The Crown - Peter Morgan could work together in a professional capacity was if they set some very clear rules on set.

'For [my and Peter's] own sanity, and actually for the benefit of the relationship, we had very clear boundaries: 'I am not going to comment on the script, but you are not allowed to comment on the performance!''

Photo credit: SPLASH
Photo credit: SPLASH

'I’m pretty good at compartmentalising in my life, period,' she noted, adding that she thinks being a young mother whilst her acting career was quite full on, stood her in good stead for helping her keep different parts of her life separate.

'I think I learnt that quite young, being a young mother, in a really intense TV series where it was either full on, on set, or I was in my trailer having to shut the door and no longer be that person but be Mum.'

You can watch Gillian as Margaret Thatcher in the new season of The Crown on Netflix from 15th November.

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