February 12, 2001 12:00 PM

>Gillian Anderson

More than seven years of dealing with the eerie as FBI Agent Dana Scully on FOX’s The X-Files has left Gillian Anderson a bit weird-weary. “I’m dying to play a sexy character,” she says. “I’m dying to play a bitch [or] a drug addict. And I’m sure people think, ‘What? Scully?’ ”

There’s little of Scully in Anderson’s portrayal of Lily Bart, the ill-fated turn-of-the century socialite, in the film version of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. The setting is a gilded milieu into which, one critic wrote, the 32-year-old actress “fits beautifully.”

Although Anderson says it was “just a fluke” that she got the Bart part, she adds definitively that “I want to be in film.” That means an X-Files exit for her come 2002 and more time with 6-year-old daughter Piper, who did a lot of growing up on the set of the series. (Its creator Chris Carter is her godfather; Dad is Anderson’s ex-hubby, Clyde Klotz, an art director.) “It’s not as easy to occupy her in my trailer as it was when she was 2,” says her mommy, sounding just a tad X-hausted.

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