After months of online hate-spewing from critics, of both the professional and parents’-basement variety, Ghostbusters has finally hit the theaters, where it can be fairly judged now that people have, you know, *actually* seen it. And guess what? A cast that includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and current SNL players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon doesn’t suck.
Thanks to the Ghostbusters reboot registering low on the Suckage Meter, the precious childhoods of fully grown internet trolls has been saved (or whatever). Even more importantly, though, the new Ghostbusters film means kids growing up today get to see four smart and funny women kicking butt and taking names (like Slimer) on the big screen. They’re seeing women much like Gillian Anderson‘s Dana Scully.
One of Ghostbusters biggest scene stealers is easily McKinnon, who plays the unpredictable Holtzmann, a woman with an affinity for making weapons that will take out ghosts and nearby scooters. Prior to throwing on a jumpsuit to save mankind, McKinnon was best known for her spot-on SNL impressions of Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres, as well as her original characters, like the woman who did not have a great time after being abducted by aliens.
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) July 18, 2016
It’s possible that McKinnon’s alien abduction character stemmed from her childhood, which judging by this recent post from Gillian Anderson, included a love for the ‘unknown’ and regaling Scully as one of her role models. Anderson recently shared a picture of a pre-teen McKinnon doing her best Dana Scully impression, complete with a red wig and government ID.
Anderson, who recently reprised her role as the FBI Special Agent for a six-episode tenth season, used the hashtag #thefutureisfemale for the throwback image. Thanks to women like Anderson and McKinnon, that future will hopefully include seeing inspiring women in leading roles as not such a rare occurrence.