Gillian Anderson debuted a new look at the AFI Awards in Los Angeles on Friday.
The 49-year-old joined a host of stars at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for the event.
She was almost unrecognizable with her new short, bleach blonde hairdo and Clark Kent style black spectacles. The actress wore a glamorous navy dress which showcased her very slender frame.
Is that you, Scully? Gillian Anderson was almost unrecognizable at the AFI Awards in LA on Friday
New look: The actress debuted a short, bleach blonde hairdo and wore glasses
Her outing came hot on the heels of the return of her hit series, The X-Files. The show, starring Gillian as Agent Dana Scully, and David Duchovny as her FBI partner Fox Mulder, returned for its 11th season this week.
But after just one episode, fans took to Twitter to criticize the story line, with one going as far as saying they felt ‘violated’.
The premiere ended with the mysterious Cigarette Smoking Man telling FBI Assistant Director that he had impregnated Scully using ‘alien science’ in order to create ‘the first superhuman child’.
A flash back then links to a previous episode in Season seven where Scully accuses the Cigarette Smoking Man of drugging her. He tells Skinner that Scully’s son William is in fact his and not Mulder’s.
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But the plot sparked a backlash online with some taking to Twitter to express their disappointment.
One wrote that it was ‘the worst twist ever. I feel violated,’ while another said: ‘I have so much rage about the last 5 minutes of #TheXFiles. OMG.’
The show was described as ‘too confusing to even enjoy’ by one viewer, who asked: ‘What just happened to me?’
Another targeted X-Files creator Chris Carter, saying: ‘The Cigarette Smoking Man impregnates Scully with “alien science” to create a superhuman aka william? When you thought Chris Carter’s writing couldn’t get any messier…’
But the episode divided opinion with some saying the show, which airs on Fox on Wednesdays, was ‘incredible’.
Fans of the X-Files have lashed out in anger over the ‘worst ever’ plot twist in its season 11 premiere. The sci-fi show stars Gillian as Agent Dana Scully and David Duchovny as her FBI partner Fox Mulder
After just one episode, fans have taken to Twitter to criticize the story line, with some going as far as saying they felt ‘violated’
The plot sparked a backlash online with some taking to Twitter to express their disappointment
The X-Files proved a massive hit when it was first broadcast in 1993. It ran for nine seasons before being axed in 2002. Season ten was aired after a 14-year gap in 2016.
Gillian Anderson said in December that she would be leaving the show after season 11.
‘I’ve said from the beginning this is it for me. I was a bit surprised by people’s [shocked] reaction to my announcement because my understanding was that this was a single season.’
The premiere ended with the mysterious Cigarette Smoking Man telling FBI Assistant Director that he had impregnated Scully (pictured) using ‘alien science’ in order to create ‘the first superhuman child’
David Duchovny returned to play Scully’s FBI partner Fox Mulder (pictured) in season 11
The show divided opinion online after a plot twist involving a disturbing revelation about Scully
Twitter users did not hold back as they made their opinions known after the premiere aired on Fox on Wednesday
But some were much more positive with one, Allie Mac Kay, saying she ‘absolutely LOVED the return’ of the show
The episode divided opinion with some saying the show, which airs on Fox on Wednesdays, was ‘incredible’.