Gillian Anderson dishes on past lesbian relationships

Gillian Anderson poses at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb. 12, 2012.
(CBS News) Gillian Anderson recently revealed that she's dabbled in relationships with women. In a new interview with Out magazine, the actress, probably best known for playing Agent Dana Scully on "The X Files," says that during high school she was in a long relationship with a woman.

When prodded further about whether it was a lesbian relationship, Anderson said, "Yeah, yeah, well it's ... You know, I'm old enough that I can talk about that."

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Through the years, Anderson has dated other women, but she says the majority of her relationships have been with men.

"If I had thought I was 100 percent gay, would it have been a different experience for me?" Anderson, 43, told Out. "Would it have been a bigger deal if shame had been attached to it and all those things that become huge life-altering issues for youngsters in that situation? It's possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys."

Anderson has been divorced twice and has a 17-year-old daughter from her first marriage to producer Julian Ozanne. She has two young sons with her current partner.

Anderson will portray Miss Havisham in the new adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations," set to air on PBS April 1.


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