Actress Gillian Anderson is aware of Alec Baldwin’s tweet calling her out for “switching accents,” but has nothing to say about it.
“I actually haven’t been paying attention to the controversy,” Anderson said Friday during a livestream conversation with Brandeis history professor Alice Kelikian. “Somebody sent me a text about it because I don’t have social media on my phone so I don’t look at stuff.”
It was “The Crown” actress’s first public comment about Baldwin’s derisive Wednesday tweet, which seemed to reference the recent uproar over his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, a Boston native who’s been accused of misrepresenting her Spanish heritage and faking an accent.
Blowback to Baldwin’s tweet was so severe that the actor later deleted his account on the social media platform. In the tweet, he shared a link to a story headlined “Gillian Anderson’s American accent throws some people off” after Anderson’s Golden Globes acceptance speech, adding “Switching accents? That sounds … fascinating.”
Anderson, who plays Margaret Thatcher on “The Crown,” was born in Chicago, but her family moved to Puerto Rico when she was a baby, and then to London, where the actress went to school until age 11, when her family returned to the US.
The virtual conversation with Anderson, who’s perhaps best known for playing Dana Scully on “The X-Files,” was co-sponsored by the Film, Television and Interactive Media program at Brandeis and The Edie and Lew…