Gillian Anderson is “sorry” for Alec Baldwin’s “distress”

You could tell Gillian Anderson has a pretty healthy attitude towards social media: She said in a recent interview that she doesn’t have Twitter or other social media accounts on her phone.

Actor Alec Baldwin (right) and his wife Hilaria Baldwin walk the red carpet during the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 27, 2019 (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) ( Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK / AFP / Getty Images)

If nothing else, keeping social media out of her phone means she wasn’t immediately immersed in Alec Baldwin’s latest controversy, which centered on him tweet a misguided joke on its fluctuating British and American accents.

But Baldwin’s Kerfuffle accent finally reached Anderson. She approached him an interview on Sunday, expressing his perplexity but also his sympathy. “I’m sorry it caused him so much distress,” Anderson said.

Baldwin was struck by a massive social media backlash last week after reacting to a report on the “The Crown” actor swinging back and forth between American and British overtones in performances and interviews.

“Change accent? The former “30 Rock” star tweeted. “It sounds… fascinating. “

The backlash has been particularly fierce because Baldwin’s influential wife Hilaria is mired in yet another controversy over allegations she faked a Spanish accent to trick people into believing she was an immigrant. glamorous spanish. The backlash prompted Baldwin to deactivate his Twitter account and rant on Instagram that the platform is full of “holes” who don’t appreciate that he was trying to be ironic.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight Sunday, Anderson explained how she finally learned about Baldwin’s tweet from friends. She expressed her amazement that he and others were fussing about her accent.

“I mean, I didn’t pay attention to it because it’s something I’ve been through,” the former “X-Files” star told Entertainment Tonight. “I grew up between two countries (so) depending on who’s in my ear, that’s what direction my accent goes.”

Anderson is American but spent part of her childhood in the UK and has lived in London since the early 2000s. Baldwin’s tweet was prompted by a report about how she spoke with an American accent when she accepted the award for Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes for playing a very British character in “The Crown”: Margaret Thatcher.

For Sunday’s interview, Anderson also spoke with an American accent. She was awaiting the start of the Critics Choice Awards, for which she would also win the award for Best Supporting Actress for “The Crown”.

“I’m so used to this, it’s kind of old news for me,” Anderson added.

Regarding Baldwin, Anderson told ET, “I met Alec and you know,” but his voice died down a bit.

When asked if Baldwin had apologized, as he had promised when he left Twitter, she objected and replied, “It doesn’t matter. It is therefore not a newsworthy article.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin continue to face Hilaria’s Spanish heritage scandal by trying to ignore it. Although not on Twitter, Alec Baldwin recently used Instagram to disparage ‘cancel culture’ Fox News reported. He complained that he was criticized for loan support to fellow New Yorkers Woody Allen and Andrew Cuomo because they have yet to be proven guilty of anything in court.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin also shocked fans by announcing last week that they had welcomed a sixth child into their family – five months after Hilaria gave birth to their fifth child, Eduardo. Now the Baldwins have six children under the age of 8.

The new daughter Lucia, like her five siblings, has a Spanish name. Over the years, Hilaria Baldwin has said that she gave her children Spanish names to honor her Spanish heritage. But Hilaria Baldwin was actually born in Boston to prominent professional parents with New England roots stretching back generations.

While Hilaria Baldwin claimed she never lied to her fans about being born in Boston, Twitter detectives found several examples of the yoga instructor and podcaster allowing interviewers to post in Spanish. – and even to the leaders of a United Nations session – to say that it was born. in Spain or to call it “half-Spanish”.

Hilaria also spoke regularly of being “from Spain” or of having grown up there, or of all the family she has there. Alec Baldwin also pushed the Spanish identity narrative by mimicking his Spanish accent in a 2013 interview with David Letterman.

Hilaria Baldwin initially criticized the media for falsely reporting on her birthplace. She later apologized for not being “clearer” about how she described her affinity with the American and Spanish cultures.

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