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Reporter Awkwardly Asks Gillian Anderson If She's Talked With Margaret Thatcher—Who Died In 2013

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It was a big night for The Crown at the 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, taking home seven awards in total, including Best Drama Series.

It was the first Netflix series to take home the top drama series prize, but also became the first drama series to win every major award in the drama category.

Included among the seven awards taken home by The Crown was Best Supporting Actress for Gillian Anderson, taking home her second career Emmy, this time for her acclaimed performance as former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Anderson, who was celebrating the awards with several cast and crew members from The Crown in London, attended the customary press conference following her win, answering several questions remotely.

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A reporter from Entertainment Tonight: Canada asked Anderson what it meant for her to teach a whole new generation about Margaret Thatcher.

Anderson confessed she hadn't given the idea of bringing "The Iron Lady" to modern audiences much thought, but called playing her an "extraordinary experience" as well as one of the "hardest things [she'd] done to date."

Tanya Hart from American Urban Radio Networks, asked Anderson a follow up question also linked to the United Kingdom's controversial, first female Prime Minister.

"So just to kind of continue with the whole Margaret Thatcher thing, first question is if you've talked to her about this role at all, and secondly, why do you think it has taken America so long to get a female leader?"

It would have been quite the accomplishment if Anderson had managed to get some first-hand research from Mrs. Thatcher.

She's been dead since 2013.

No doubt surprised by the question, Anderson's head was captured taking a noticeable roll, with the size of her eyes seeming to grow.

But if it took Anderson a moment or two to find words, she graciously, and honestly, answered Hart's question, by declaring she had "not spoken to Margaret."

Anderson chose not to point out Hart's mistake as she continued to answer the second part of her question, agreeing the United States is far behind the United Kingdom when it comes to female leadership, but stated she believes that current Vice President Kamala Harris might be a sign of good things to come.

While Anderson remained diplomatic when faced with Hart's misinformation, people on Twitter did not, and were quick to poke fun at Hart's blunder.




One amusing tweet pointed out how Anderson's previous Emmy winning character, The X-Files' Dana Scully, would have been able to talk to the late Prime Minister.

Hart may have simply confused the actress with the character.


Most people commended Anderson for graciously taking the high road and choosing not to correct and embarrass Hart in the moment, with some even claiming she delivered another award-worthy performance.




Anderson's inherent diplomacy was used in her performance as one of the world's most notorious politicians, rendering meeting the late Prime minister unnecessary.

Margaret Thatcher has proven to be something of an awards magnet, as Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her portrayal of the late Prime Minister in the 2011 biopic The Iron Lady.