Rolling Stone: The X-Files Uncovered
by David Wild (May 1996)
The truth about "The X-Files" is in here. At least I hope so. If
I seem confused, suspicious or even full-out paranoid, trust me
-I have reasons. From the moment I fearlessly choose to accept this
assignment, strange things started happening. Unexplained things.
Totally paranormal shit.
First, how can I explain away the phenomenon of finding myself
entranced by a show that I -and much of the Western world- initially
dismissed as goofy, spooky kids' stuff? After all, The X-Files was
that even the Fox network considered less promising than "The adventures
of Brisco County Jr." The cast's star power was unproven. Gillian
Anderson was a complete unknown; David Duchovny was most familiar
for wearing his skirt in Twin Peacks as well as for breathing heavily
on the Showtime sex serie "Red Show Diaries." Chris Carter, the
show's creator was a former Surfing magazine editor whose most notable
credit may have been "Rags to Riches", a short-lived musical-comedy
series starring Joe Bologna. The X-Files premiered on Sept. 10,
1993, with little hype and less hope. "This show's a goner" proclaimed
Gradually over the last three seasons, as if part of some uncannily
orchestrated scheme involving alien DNA, this unlikely show has
struck a big, paranoid chord with the American public. The X-Files
marks the spot where our collective fears get the best of us. It
has become massive cult phenomenon, a sober but trippy conspiracy
The X-Files chronicles the adventures of Fox "Spooky" Mulder and
Dana Scully -two FBI agents investigating paranormal cases who share
a profoundly sexy yet chaste relationship as they take on sinister
foes. They attempt to shed light on the shadow government that would
keep the truth about aliens covered up; meanwhile, they also battle
with the occasional liver-eating serial killer, Satan-worshipping
New Hampshire PTA, sideshow murderer, flukemen, vampire and -is
this one redundant?- woman-beast from New Jersey. Dramatically lit
and eerily scored, The X-Files has proved that even at a time when
many humanoids take Pat Buchanan seriously as presidential candidate,
we've not entirely lost our ability to be scared.
"The X-Files touches a pulse and taps into a public perception
that the government can't be trusted and that rational science isn't
giving us the whole picture, " says Bud Hopkins, a leading UFO investigator.
In terms of convincing others of the reality of aliens, Hopkins
says, "On balance the show is probably doing more good than harm,
but it's not an unmitigated blessing."
At first, staking out this was strictly a professional obligation,
but gradually my behavior became curiouser and curiouser. I found
myself planning to be home Friday nights to watch The X-Files. As
if in some 90's twist of an old Kafka plot, I woke up one morning
to find myself an X-Phile. Could this inexplicable adjustment of
my aesthetic judgment perhaps be the result of some complex and
sinister attempt at mind control? Or could I possibly have been
watching too much TV?
Having been sucked into the show's vortex, I decide to drive to
Burbank Airport Hilton, near Los Angeles, to check out the Official
X-Files Convention. While the truth may be out there, some of the
attendees seem way out there -imagine paranoid Trekkies who think
the Vulcans might actually be out to get them.
I don't make it to the Official X-Files Prop Gallery, and I miss
a seminar on "Mulderisms/Scullyisms." Some unseen foe conspires
to make me purchase all sorts of merchandise. I buy X-Files novelizations,
comic books, the official series guide, a diary, a phone card -even
an Alien Autopsy(Fact or Fiction?) video. Later I will pick up "Songs
in the Key of X: Music From and Inspired by the X-Files" and the
new X-Files videos. As it says in TV ads for the videos, owning
Properly accessorized for convention duty, I laugh and cry during
the screening of "The Gags Are Out There" the official X-Files blooper
reel. At one point I hear the hundreds of people in the audience
-who paid about 20$ to attend- cheer wildly as they watch video
of an oozing wound. At least they look like people.
Intrigued, I decide to press on my investigation. When I finally
arrive in the Vancouver, British Columbia, where The X-Files is
shot, things only get stranger. At the airport, I notice that the
"dollars" here have pictures of some middle-aged woman on them.
After I order the penne arrabiata from hotel room service that night,
my food arrives immediately as if They already knew exactly what
I wanted. Later that same evening somebody eats every last one of
the overpriced Famous Amos cookies in my minibar. On a music-video
channel, somebody -or something- actually plays a Rush video.
At the show's suspiciously placid-looking production office the
next morning, I closely encounter Chris Carter and realize something
is very wrong here. Supposedly the show's creator, executive producer
and leading writer, he's not remotely pasty -as a writer's supposed
to be- but handsome and boyish at age of 39. When I watch David
Duchovny at work, again something is suspicious. Some scenes end
with Duchovny saying "motherfucker", yet strangely this word never
appears on the air. The next morning I meet up with Gillian Anderson
in a faux cemetery set that's been erected in a frigid Vancouver
park. As her colleagues adjust the fake gravestones, she looks around
and says "This is so weird".
Actually, the set seems almost lighthearted. The two real stars
are Duchovny's beloved dog, Blue and Piper, Andersons 1 and a half
-year-old daughter with husband Clyde Klotz, whom she met when he
was an art director on the show. "Piper's cuter" says Duchovny.
"But Blue has nicer hair. Blue used to be smarter, but Piper has
eclipsed her in that area. I don't see Blue gaining." Charmed but
unconvinced that I understand exactly how high this thing goes,
I head back to Los Angeles, where I interrogate Carter.
What follows, then, is my best effort to make Carter and his two
stars explain the unexplainable. But as Deep Throat -Mulder's dear
departed government source- said in his words "Trust no one". Not
even me. That said, I'm ready for another assignment -maybe delving
into mysteries of Savannah.
SUBJECT: DAVID DUCHOVNY
EVEN IF HE DID LOOSE TO STEPHEN KING ON Celebrity Jeopardy! last
year, David Duchovny remains one smart cookie. How many TV hunks
do you know who went to Princeton, then grad school at Yale, and
started a doctoral thesis titled Magic and Technology in Contemporary
American Fiction and Poetry?
The 35-year old Duchovny grew up middle-class and "half-Jewish,half-Scotish"
on Manhattan's Lower East Side. His father -who wrote such books
as David Ben-Gurion in His Own words and The Wisdom of Spiro T.
Agnew- and his mother, a schoolteacher, divorced when he was 11.
David earned a scholarship to Collegiate, an elite day school where
his fellow students included John F. Kennedy Jr. Just shy of earning
his doctorate, Duchovny, who'd taken to hanging around the Yale
Drama School, decided to switch paths and act. Many of us first
spotted him as the transvestite FBI agent Dennis/Dennise Bryson
on Twin Peaks. He's also been seen in films including Beethoven,
The Rapture, Chaplin and Kalifornia. His Dating resume, meanwhile
includes Maggie Wheeler (Chandler's whiny ex-girlfriend Janice on
Friends) and Perry Reeves (Mulder's vampire love thang in the "3"
episode of The X-Files); more recently he's been spotted with Kristin
Davis (Brooke on Melrose Place).
During our interview, Duchovny appears to be more of a witty and
quirky wise-ass than intense brooder like Mulder. He's also apparently
more of a team player than the maverick Mulder -he's even contributed
story ideas to The X-Files.
Oh, yes he's smart. Maybe too smart. As I'm leaving his trailer
dressing room after questioning him, Duchovny turns to me and in
that famously charming monotone says "It's really nice to have someone
intelligent to talk to." A bit latter he adds, " I wasn't referring
to you. I just meant that as a general rule it's really nice to
have someone intelligent to talk to." Such displays of alienating
humor make me hope someday he will use his erudition to pen a memoir.
I Am Not Fox, perhaps?
Tell me about your first acting role.
In 5th grade I was one of the Three Magicians at Grace Church.
I stopped after that like, "Don't send me these other parts. I brought
frankincense to the Lord, and now you want me to be a spear carrier?"
So when did the acting bug bite?
I was being around Yale. And my friend Jason Beghe had become an
actor. I was like, you can actually do that?
Deconstruct the success of The X-Files?
X-Files is like any popular show -you don't deconstruct it. It
works because people say it works. But I think people want answers.
This show offers a kind of Oliver Stone world where there are bad
guys they're the reason we're all unhappy. If only we can find these
bad, white, middle aged men who killed Kennedy, stole and hid the
UFOs, then killed my father and Gillian's sister, everything would
be cool. It's a nice fiction. An intelligent response.
So how come Stephen King kicked your ass on "Jeopardy"?
It haunts me. Actually I kicked my own ass. The good thing is that
Stephen's one of the only people who understand how annoying it
is for people to say "This is just like an X-File, David huh?" because
he always gets "This is just like one of your books Stephen, huh?"
Did you enjoy cross-dressing on "Twin Peaks"?
It was nerve -racking, Twin Peaks was such a big show, and nobody
knew who I was. I didn't do research. I let instinct take over.
Did you get positive reaction from the cross-dressing community?
No, but in my heart, when I think of Mrs Doubtfire and To Wong
Foo and the cross-dressing craze, I feel I was an underappreciated
How was doing "Red Shoe Diaries"?
The pilot was a great experience that taught me a lot about acting.
And your ongoing stint as the narrator?
That's good paycheck.
Did you think The X-Files would make it?
I didn't think so. A show about extraterrestrials -no matter how
well made- how many can you do? I didn't see the show opening up
to about anything that's unexplained, which is limitless.
When did you realize the show was connecting?
People would come up to me and preface their comments with "I don't
watch TV, but..." We're not the kind of show you watch just because
you're sitting in front of a TV. We're must-see TV.
Where you aware of Fox's reluctance to casting Gillian?
That's overblown. You look at Gillian, and she's a beautiful woman.
And how often do you see Scully in a bathing suit? Gillian's not
6 feet tall and doesn't have what's-her-face's tits, but she's got
as nice face as any of them. Maybe they thought she's not tall enough
or not Pamela Sue Anderson [sic] enough.
What's the secret for the heat between Mulder and Scully?
We have a kind of furtive understanding that it's me and her against
the world. That's kind of sexy regardless of whether or not you
wanna fuck them all the time.
Do you play it like Fox has impure thoughts about Scully?
No, what I tend to play it is that I always want to check with
her. Whenever I hear something interesting, I'll look at her. That's
sexy to people. I don't play it like Fox wants to fuck her. But
there's some tension between us whenever there's another woman around.
Apart from the rare vampire fling and his porno collection, Fox
is pretty asexual.
He's not asexual. Sex is not high on his list of priorities. It's
weird because most of the time women don't register with this guy,
then there'll be an episode where he's led around by his dick.
How many times has Fox gotten laid?
Once. The one time with the vampire.
Were you uncomfortable with his having a porno habit?
A little queasy at first, but it did make sense. Mulder never gets
any, and it's hard for him to make connections. I guess it's also
to tell people I am interested in women -at least in abusing them.
Oh, he's not gay -he loves to abuse women!
I've heard you're sick of answering whether you believe in this
I'm not the character that I play. And if I did believe, I wouldn't
want to discuss it with every stranger. We want to believe there's
something more intelligent than us, something kinder, something
that will help us in the end. But I've never understood exactly
why these shadowy figures would want to hide this information. It's
like JFK. I can't even keep a secret with my best friend. We can't
even get a health-care plan, but they can hide extraterrestrials.
Do you feel responsible for adding to our cultural paranoia?
No. We didn't create this -we tapped on it, and we've come to symbolize
it. I did a course at Yale and there was a thing about advertising
and the fact that the armpit didn't even exist as a body part until
deodorant companies decided it was a problem. Sometimes I feel that's
what we've done. We verbalized a problem people didn't know existed.
But there was always an armpit.
Do you see "The X-Files" as a spiritual show?
Yeah. We could do a lot religious shows because at the heart of
the Jesus story - with all the faith healing and miracle working-
the dude was into some paranormal shit. That's your Lenninish "We're
bigger than Jesus" line. When I said "bigger than Jesus" I just
meant more muscular.
Would you watch "The X-Files" if you weren't on it?
Hard to say. It's like saying, "Would you love me if I killed your
rabbit?" I actually had this discussion with an old girlfriend.
She had a rabbit with cancer, and it smelled terrible. I asked her
if it'd be OK if I killed her rabbit, and she had the greatest line.
She said, "No because it wouldn't be you."
Despite being the right generation -X, oddly enough- Mulder and
Scully are anything but slackers.
I guess our work running around chasing aliens in the wood is so
much fun. Whenever I talk to an FBI agent, I ask if we're doing
it kinda realistically. They'll say "Not enough paperwork, man.
So you run into G-men a lot?
No, but there was one in the audience of Jeopardy! I asked him
what I can do better. He said "Don't ever reach for you ID with
your gun hand". That's very smart.
What's the FBI's attitude towards the show now?
They like it because we're courteous and we don't use racial epithets
and don't bust people's doors. Plus, like J. Edgar Hoover, you've
got a background in cross-dressing. I had a line, I wanted to use
in the first season : "This dates back to the first X-File, back
to our illustrious cross-dressing founder" They took cross-dressing
Was there anything called an X-File?
Maybe a Malcolm X file?
Do you go online to get feedback?
No, I'm self conscious enough with 10 million people looking at
you every week. I don't need to go on the Internet to get confirmation
that I suck.
What are Fox's politics?
I think Fox is an anarchist. His passion comes out of a sense of
justice -more a symbolic sense of right and wrong, not so much right
Will there be an "X-Files" endorsement of a presidential candidate?
I don't know. However there will be no X-Files endorsement of Diet
What do you think when you see all the "X-Files" merchandise?
I think, "Here's another thing I don't get money from" Unlike your
colleagues, you haven't appeared at any of the "X-Files" conventions.
I have my convention virginity intact. It's nice to do a good show,but
I want to be able to move on. Doing conventions is a way of not
moving on. I meet people who like the show all the time, and I shake
hands. I don't need to get paid 15000$ to go to some convention.
In 20 years I might.
What about the rumored film version of "The X-Files"?
I think they want to do it the next hiatus. At this point I'd rather
play other roles, but I wouldn't want anyone else to do this role.
I've heard you and Gillian don't socialize much.
No, we never do. We spend enough time together.
What did you think of posing in bed together?
I thought the photos were great. And I thought that Chris Carter
grooms his chest hair.[As we wrap up, Duchovny realizes that we
are mysteriously locked in his trailer. Heroically jumping to action,
he calls the production office for help on his walkie-talkie]
Boy getting stuck in here is sure just like an X-File, huh? If
there was no resolution -if it ended up maybe we're in here, maybe
we're not- that would have been like an X-File. The difference between
Mulder and David would have to be that Mulder can escape from a
burning boxcar buried in sand in the middle of a desert and David
can't even get out of his new Airstream trailer.
SUBJECT: CHRIS CARTER
As we talk in the mysteriously small office on the Fox lot in Los
Angeles, Chris Carter is surrounded by a library that includes Dolphins,
ETs and Angels, Conversation with Nostradamus, Cosmic Top Secret,
UFO: The Continuing Enigma and perhaps the scariest book of all
- The Bridges off Madison County.
Carter grew up in Bellflower, Calif. He started surfing at 12,
and after he graduated from California State University at Long
Beach, he worked as an editor at Surfing magazine for 13 years.
With the encouragement of his future wife, screenwriter Dori Pierson,
Carter started writing screenplays and soon found himself working
for Disney TV. Softball pal Brandon Tartikoff brought Carter to
NBC, where he developed pilots and produced the aforementioned Joe
Bologna vehicle. In 1992, Peter Roth, the president of 20th Century
Fox Television, brought him on to develop programs for the studio.
A few short years later, Carter's a power broker. "The X-Files
phenomenon is first and foremost Chris Carter" says Roth. "He's
extraordinary, unique, slightly twisted, a little paranoid with
a huge commitment to quality." John Matoian, the president of the
Fox Entertainment Group, is similarly impressed:"Chris is a perfectionist
and his own worst critic, which is great for me." Carter has recently
created a fall drama which will follow the exploits of a 21st-century
Seattle private investigator trying to solve seemingly unsolved
Everywhere one looks in Carter's office are reminders of the huge
impact of The X-Files, including a Mad magazine parody(The Ecch-Files,
with Fax Moldy, Agent Skulky and FBI Assistant Director Skinhead)
and the box for The XXX-Files -a porno tape featuring one Tyffany
Million. I plan on investigating this title further.
When you're onstage at one of these "X-Files" conventions, do you
askyourself, "Who the hell are these people?"
The weird thing is, I know exactly who these people are. They'rekindred
So you don't have the Shatneresque urge to say "Get a life!"
How do you feel when you see people who aren't just fanatical about
the show, but fanatical in general?
You mean the paranoids? Again, we're kindred spirits. The thing
that has come through on this show that's really alarming and wonderful
for me is that almost everybody feels that the government is not
acting in their best interests. One survey by the Roper poll said
there are 5 million who believe they've been abducted by aliens.
People say, "Well, then you knew you had an audience." But that's
not my audience; that's my fuel.
Don't you worry about the lunatic fringe that thinks of "The X-Files"
as a documentary series?
The lunatic fringe is there whether they're watching us or not.
There's tons of UFO literature -these people have much more than
The X-Files to hold on to. The X-Files is just high profile because
it's so successful.
And at least one hour a week, you keep us safe from them.
I don't think they're dangerous. I think these are peace-loving
folks. People have asked me about the connection between The X-Files
and the Oklahoma bombing. And as I've tried to make clear, I'm saying
question the government, not overthrow it. This is not a revolutionary
show. It's fiction, first of all -we make this stuff up.
So you think most conspiracy freaks are actually nice and benevolent,
like your lovable Lone Gunmen on the show.
When you go to conventions, you see these guys. They exist. They
have booths with literature about mysterious organizations like
the Illuminati. But it is anything more than wacky and subversive?
I don't think so. I don't think these guys are making pipe bombs.
How do you feel about the very explainable phenomenon of "X-Files"
I resist a lot of stuff. If this becomes a show you can find at
your local Kmart or Wall-Mart too easily, it's going to lose the
thing that made it special. The X-Files is coming out on videotape
and it's going to be in all those stores. It makes me a little sad.
I'd like it better if you could only find them at a head shop in
Talking about head shops, were any of your ideas for the show drug-inspired?
I was actually never a big druggie. But I was a surfer, so I was
around it. There are certain sacraments and rituals that had to
be conducted. I did do a Native American Church peyote ritual with
the Navajos in New Mexico, so that spawned a couple of the early
Indian episodes. I always dismiss conspiracy theories on the basis
that the government seems incapable of conspiring to do much of
That's my feeling too, about like, JFK. Everything comes to an
But the idea that there are bad people out there working in dark
and shadowy ways outside the system, I think, is very believable
Have you ever gotten any postcards from any cigarette-smoking members
ofthe Trilateral Commission saying, "Love the show. Now shut the
No, but there are people who watch the show and say "They're onto
In casting, it took some convincing to get the network to go along
with Gillian, correct?
I sort of staked my pilot and my career at the time on Gillian.
I feel vindicated everyday now.
How do you explain the celibate sexual heat between them?
I'm adamant about not putting them in a romantic situation. Their
passion would be directed toward each other, and all the aliens.
mutants, and the other ghosts and ghoolies would run amok. But when
you have two smart people who are passionate what they do and happen
to be physically attractive, you get sexual heat. Fox is very respectful
and protective of Scully. He's gentle with her and playful, and
people take it as flirtation.
So then what do you make of our cover shot?
That's David and Gillian in bed, not Mulder and Scully.
What kind of reaction have you received from the FBI?
There's been no official reaction. Mr Freeh[FBI Director Louis
Freeh] has not commented. He did unofficially allow us to come and
visit the FBI. We got nice treatment from the agents who were big
funs of the show. They think it shed a good light on the FBI.
They tell me that's the case, and that they have to tell people
there are no X-Files to investigate.
Any fear of running out of stories?
I won't allow myself that fear. The stories are out there.
Do you think that the show plays into our victimization craze?
Now we can not only blame our parents for our being fucked up, we
can blame the government and aliens, too.
To a certain extent we play on fears that things are out of control,
out of our power. I think that's what is scary about life, so we
capitalize on that.
Are X-Philes more likely to vote for Clinton or Dole?
I have to think they're more conservative in a weird way. The idea
of questioning authority is not just a liberal idea. People say
the show is obviously Republican because it says government is a
bad thing. I think Republicans say "Trust us" and I'm saying "Trust
no one". I do often wonder if Chelsea Clinton is an X-Files fan.
Who are the most surprising fans?
Grandmas and Grandpas. People in the intelligence community who
say, "You don't know how right you've got it."
"The X-Files" is also an Internet phenomenon. How often do you
I'm on like 12 times a week, but I'm a surfer. I lurk.
Do chat types want romance between Mulder and Scully?
They do and they don't. They want the elements of it without them
jumping into the sack. There are these "relationshipers" who kind
of dominate the online chats. I'm a little dismayed because I don't
want to do a show about fuzzy warm Mulder and Scully. Never.
[At this point the subject begins looking, as if an alien force
had taken over his brain or alternatively, as if he had a lot of
work to do and couldn't waste any more time with me. He says he
and story editor Frank Spotnitz have to meet with visual-effects
editor Mat Beck to check out some alien discharge]
SUBJECT : GILLIAN ANDERSON
Petite and unimposing in person, Gillian Anderson has a huge and
unusually believable presence on screen. Perhaps that explains why
fans have sent mail for her to the FBI, which forwards it on her.
Anderson, 27, grew up in so many places -including Puerto Rico,
London, Grand Rapids, Mich.- that you wonder what her parents did
for a living. " They were circus geeks" she says, showing more of
a sense of humor than Scully. (Actually, her father runs a film
post-production company, and her mother is a computer analyst.)
A former punk-rock lover, Anderson studied acting at DePaul University's
Goodman Theater School in Chicago, before heading off to act in
New York. After stage work including Absent Friends and The Philanthropist,
she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a film career, eventually leading
the role of Scully in 1993.
In conversation, Anderson proves to be a tough nut to crack, much
like The X-Files' elusive Cigarette-Smoking Man. At first she seems
scared, as if some alien reporter demanding a universal exclusive
had gotten to her first.
When David signed on, he didn't see a long future for the show.
How about you?
I had no idea what I was getting into. And I have a feeling 10
years from now, I'll still have no idea what I got into.
You're committed for five years, right?
Initially it was five. We added a couple more during the last negotiations.
Are you ready for that much Scully?
I don't know if anybody is. You take it one year at a time. In
the beginning the network didn't seemed convinced it would last
one year, right?
Actually I thought they were all anxious because they cast me.
How aware were you that some forces at Fox wanted to choose a different
type of Dana Scully?
At the time I didn't know. I recall that during auditions, the
network kept asking me to wear something smaller and more formfitting,
and higher heels.
Did you and David have instant chemistry?
He came over to me in the hallway at the network audition and asked
if we could read through the scene together. We did, and it was
amazing. Better than anything that we've done since.
Some British member of the press called you "the thinking man's
Two questions : Did you like that? And what's a crumpet?
A crumpet is like a piece of ass, basically. A juicy morsel. It's
a wonderful compliment. That's a raunchy statement in a way, but
it's toned downed by the fact that it's an intellectual comment.
How much of your mail is thanking you for presenting a strong female
role model and how much is from people telling you that aliens are
eating their brain?
About 95% is the first option, and the other 5%...the interesting
thing is, the mail comes from every kind of person in every walk
of life around the world.
So tell me about losing your convention virginity recently.
I went thinking it was going to be weird and I was going to hate
it. But everybody was so loving and so normal, I was overwhelmed,
touched. I didn't prepare a speech. I wanted to react to the moment.
I had nothing to say. I went right to the questions and answers.
Have you and David made a lot of public appearances together?
We did at the beginning. Then the object was to individualize a
Oh, so you are two different people?
I've heard you're a former punk. Have you embraced the wave of
punk bands getting rich these days?
No, something happened when I got pregnant, and I'm not able to
listen to that kind of music as much. I feel like I'm going nuts
when I listen to it. I used to listen to Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks,
PiL, Butthole Surfers. But today, I can't. I love Alanis Morissette,
Emmylou Harris' latest album, and all sorts of jazz and blues. If
I want to hear something heavy duty, I'll put on the Foo Fighters
or a good Rolling Stones song. But that's as intense as I've got.
How do you assess David's appeal?
Obviously, the audience is only seeing his character, who's incredibly
intelligent, kind, charming, sensitive. He's like the perfect romantic
hero. And a lot of that is also David. He brings such a warmth and
intelligence to the role and a smooth sexuality that I don't think
anybody in their right mind could not find him attractive.
There's a certain powerful sexuality in you characters' interaction
even though you don't do it.
We don't do it?
You don't have sex. Except on our cover. Was it good for you, by
They just happened to show up in our hotel room. Was it good for
me? Yes. I think what makes the relationship between Scully and
Mulder sexy is the respect they have for one another. They don't
manipulate or take advantage of one another. I'm sure that's very
intriguing for the audience. Sometimes it feels like a relationship
out of a 40's movie. It's that tension. We've done some incredibly
intimate scenes that have nothing to do with sex. Beginnings of
relationships are always the most exciting -that period when you're
courting and you get near each other and start breathing heavily.
The hottest stuff is before you ever touch the other person. Or
the first touch. So Mulder and Scully's first touch in an episode
becomes more exciting.
Do you think Scully has thought about Mulder in a sexual way?
I think there have been times when she has been completely charmed
and touched by him. I don't know if she's ever actually imagined
Does Dana yearn for more of a social life? I worry about her.
Not in the history of Dana has Dana scored.
So it really is a science-fiction show.
And I don't think she would go about the same way that Mulder did.
I don't think she would instantaneously jump in the sack with a
When you got pregnant early in the series, did you think you might
lose the show?
When I first got pregnant, I was afraid they were going to find
someone else who wasn't pregnant to play the role.
How do you react to the charge "The X-Files" plays into the paranoid
victim mentality of our time?
I think we can only make ourselves the victim. The show deals with
many aspects of the paranormal, and one of the aspects it's a spiritual
aspect. And that's very appealing to people. I'm less sure what
intrigues people about the horror side of it, because that never
appealed to me. But on a spiritual level, some of the episodes deal
with the possibility of coming back to life or some sort of spiritual
awakening. And that offers some hope, some way out of that fear
and the pain of everyday life on this planet.
Do fans have any pressing paranormal questions for you?
No, usually it's "Do you have a pen? Can I have an autograph?"
What impresses you about Chris Carter?
This show is his life. He lives it, breathes it, smokes it. I'm
absolutely in awe of his ability to pull the amount of intelligent,
intense scripts out of his brain that he does in very short amounts
of time. I honestly don't know how he does it.
How do you react to "X-Files" merchandise?
What I get queasy about is how often our faces are out there, and
we see no piece whatsoever. But I think that Chris has been extremely
particular about what's merchandised. There aren't, like, frozen
X-Files fluke worms.
I believe "Friends" has fluke worms.
Friends has frozen breasts.
Perhaps frozen hairdos. By the way, are you hurt your hair hasn't
been copied as much?
Not at all. I'm making no statement with my hair whatsoever, and
that's part of my character.
Scully's an excellent doctor. Are you ready for an honorary degree
based on all your medical dialogue?
The stuff goes in one ear and out the other. I wish I could remember.
What great party conversation I could have about the intestinal
Has doing the show made you want to believe more or less?
Doing the show hasn't influenced me one way or another. I have
an open mind to the possibilities of things and of life on other
planets. But it's no big deal to me.
In terms of life on this planet, has there ever been a huge blowup
between you and David?
Oh, they're ready for me!
[with that, the interview subject runs off to finish a scene, although
inexplicably , it appears they're not quite ready for her yet. Later
I try to get Anderson to open up again, an Australian family appears,
including a speechless teenage boy with a major Scully crush. The
father claims to have moved from Australia -where X-Files mania
reigns- to Vancouver just 12 hours earlier. He says they have gone
for a walk in the park to check out their new hometown and just
happened to come across the son's favorite TV star. Kind of an X-Files,