May 13, 2013 at 7:59 AM ET
Millions will always associate Gillian Anderson with her nine seasons (and two films) as skeptical FBI agent Dana Scully on the sci-fi thriller series "The X Files." But the actress recently appeared as a guest star on NBC's "Hannibal," and Anderson joined Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Monday to talk about the "creepy" factor attached to the role.
"I'm playing Hannibal's psychiatrist!" she laughed. "How cool is that?"
Anderson is often found in serious, dark roles -- no doubt a legacy of her "X-Files" days -- but says she'd be open to doing a silly little romantic comedy.
"It'd actually be nice, compared to everything else," she said. "People don't have a tendency to offer me those kinds of things. But I'd be more than happy to."
"Hannibal" airs on NBC Thursdays at 10 p.m.