Gillian Anderson Thrilled Over Daughter’s Decision To Quit Acting

X-Files alum Gillian Anderson’s daughter tried to follow in her mother’s footsteps, but following a miserable experience on stage, she has decided not to pursue a career in acting. Gillian couldn’t be more thrilled.

The star’s 18-year-old daughter Piper Maru recently made her acting debut in an amateur stage play, which was described as “torturous.” She hated it so much that she has elected not to pursue a career in acting like her mom.

Instead of being upset over Maru’s decision, Anderson is actually thrilled. Not because she’s mean or anything, but because she doesn’t want her daughter to choose any type of life she’s not willing to give 100 percent of herself to.

“She just did her first play and hated it. I’m relieved; it’s not an easy road to choose,” Anderson told Stylist magazine.

“I remember my dad sitting me down when he heard it’s what I’d decided to do. He was very concerned and told me only five per cent of actors are working at any given time and I should learn word processing because computers were going to change things a lot and I would have a skill to fall back on. Which is brilliant, but what he didn’t know was that my brain just doesn’t work that way.”

So what’s next for Maru? Who knows, but Anderson gave her some pretty solid advice in a recent interview.

“Right now my daughter’s planning a gap year and I’m hoping she will properly explore the world, but I keep thinking what happens if she meets somebody and that somebody lives somewhere else and she decides that actually what she wants to do is be with that person and go and start having kids.

“I’m encouraging her to follow her heart in big things rather than following men. The amount of time wasted on that… ridiculous.”

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