Flashback: Gillian Anderson (‘The X-Files’) almost tripped when she won Emmy (Video)

In 1997, Gillian Anderson won her first (and so far only) Emmy Award for Season 4 of “The X-Files,” but do you remember that she almost tripped up the stairs because her dress was too tight? Watch the Emmys flashback video below.

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After finally making it to the stage, Anderson praised Helen Mirren, who presented her with the statuette. “I feel so honored that you are presenting me with this award because I have been such a huge fan of yours for so many years, and I’m more nervous about this right now than I am about getting up here.”

Anderson went on to thank her family and friends, joking of her siblings, “They are so wonderfully normal about this whole celebrity thing. And sometimes I want to shake them and say, ‘Don’t you know who I am?!'”

She concluded, “Thank you for allowing me my mistakes, for allowing me to falter in my growth, for allowing me to slip into the void of production for long periods of time, knowing that eventually I will surface and be present again.”

By submitting the episode “Memento Mori” to Emmy judges, Anderson beat out four other TV leading ladies of the time: Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”), Christine Lahti (“Chicago Hope”), Julianna Margulies (“ER”) and Sherry Stringfield (“ER). See Gold Derby’s complete library of former Emmy episode submissions.

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