Gillian Anderson gets real about work-life balance: ‘I’m going to be such a pain… for you to hire’

Striking a healthy work-life balance is a struggle that everyone grapples with, including The Crown star and current Emmy nominee Gillian Anderson, who, in The Hollywood Reporter ’s latest roundtable discussion reveals (watch above), says that she’s always thinking about how to make sure her family is a top priority.

Anderson will vie for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series prize at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, to be held this Sunday, Sept. 19. Before that telecast takes place, however, she sat down with some of her illustrious colleagues and fellow nominees, including Sarah Paulson, Mj Rodriguez (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Pose ), Elizabeth Olsen (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, WandaVision ), Anja Taylor-Joy (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, The Queen’s Gambit ) and Cynthia Erivo (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, Genius: Aretha ), divulging during their chat that no matter the amazing opportunities that come her way, her offspring come first.

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“Kids, for me, are the priority of every job that I take,” she confesses while talking about a career that’s spanned television, the movies and the stage both here and in the United Kingdom. “I say to people, I’m going to be such a pain in the ass for you to hire. But if you think I’m this person, I’m going to need to work during this period of time, and then I have time with my kids, and during this period of time, it’s going to be expensive for you. So if you’re willing to do that, then I’m your girl. And if you’re not willing to do that, then you need to find somebody else.”

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