After an “intimate” meeting, Gillian Anderson hoped Bill Clinton would phone her.
The 53-year-old actress, who plays Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in Showtime’s “The First Lady,” stated that she met former President Bill Clinton during a luncheon in the Hollywood Hills when he was first running for office in the early 1990s.
“I met Clinton,” she said. I met him for the first time while he was campaigning for office. He was having lunch at someone’s opulent home in the Hollywood Hills.
We formed a line for him at the end of his address, and he walked down the line, allowing us to meet him. He performed the greatest miraculous act known to man. That thing where he simultaneously shakes your hand and clutches your elbow.
The former “X-Files” star went on to say that the lawmaker gave her a “look-back” and that she checked her voicemail when she got home because she thought he would contact her.
“He holds your arm further up, slightly intimate little thing, makes eye contact, and then moves on to the next person,” she said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
I went home, thinking I was going to come home to a message from him (this was before answering machines), and I literally thought I was going to come home to a message from him. Then he returns your stare. That’s exactly what I did. “It was that genuine!”
Gillian added that it was “nice” to attend the ceremony in person after being forced to accept her Golden Globe award for the role virtually due to COVID-19.
Gillian also played former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Netflix’s “The Crown.” She won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of the strong politician, which made her a big star.
“That was the first time we saw each other again, which was lovely,” she added. I was shooting in Prague for the Golden Globes and spent the entire event alone in a hotel room, all suited up in front of a computer. However, there was a technician in the room with me!