Gillian Anderson Originally Said No to “Sex Education”

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Gillian Anderson initially thought that a series about a professional sex therapist whose own teenage son sets up a clinic to give his fellow students sex advice was “too on the nose.”

The former X-Files star told Entertainment Weekly that she almost passed on playing professional sex therapist Jean Milburn on the critically acclaimed British comedy-drama Sex Education. 

That’s right — the first thing she did after reading the script for the pilot was to throw it in the trash. “I read a teeny bit of the first episode and threw it in the bin.”

But thanks to Anderson’s real-life partner, creator of The Crown, Peter Morgan, all that changed. “Pete essentially took it out the bin and read it and loved it, and said, ‘You’re mad. This will be really good for you to do.’ I read it and I thought it was hilarious.” 

We couldn’t imagine anyone else as no-boundaries Dr. Jean Milburn!

Season 2 of Sex Education is now streaming on Netflix.