- Ross: You were filming in Vancouver for 5 years and
David Duchovny through a fit and you moved to LA.
Anderson: No that's not true. We were told we would be
in Vancouver for a year, and as the show moved from cult status
to mainstream TV, and David was promised no more than 5 years.
We never thought it would last that long. Well 5 years passed
and David said lets go. After all he was married, and now has
Ross: David seems as superficial as I am, just enjoying
Anderson: No he is quite the opposite. He is very deep.
I have to defend him here. He is quite deep.
Ross: Well the next time he comes over I'll have to play
tennis with him, and quote poetry. No that won't work, he knows
too much about poetry.
Anderson: He plays tennis, so you might want to think
about that. If you play basketball with him, he will cream you.
Ross: David is surfer dude, right?
Anderson: Yes he started surfing a while ago. I took
it up a couple of years ago, and Chris Carter has been surfing
for years. It's funny because the 3 of us live just a few minutes
from each other in Malibu.
Ross: You got great reviews in the movie House of Mirth.
Anderson: Thank you. David told me when he saw the film,
it was like dying a slow death from a paper cut. It sounds as
though he hated it, but in fact it was his way of expressing what
my character had to go through. -- (Johnathon Ross Radio Show,
November 30, 2002)
- DW: How important was the chemistry between Mulder and Scully
to the success of the show?
"I'm only just realising how essential that was now - now
that there is something to miss. It's particular to David and
I and I do miss it. I'm glad that he's back so that we can play
around with it for a little while longer before the show ends,
but it was central and I don't think I ever realised how central
it was until the other half of it wasn't there any more."
DW: How was it to be directed by David again?
"David's directed a couple of episodes before and it's
good to have him back. He's very relaxed as a director and he
knows what he wants and he creates a good atmosphere on set. It's
nice to have him back in that capacity before we get back into
doing scenes together. I think it's a nice transition for him,
so it's been fun." -- (Dreamwatch, August 2002)
- "I don't think I had a clear conscious thought about the
chemistry until it started to be brought to my attention. You
know, by, you know doing press and people saying: "What about
chemistry between you and David?" It was definitely there, it
still is. I mean, thereís something that canít be explained about
it. Itís no rhyme or reason. [laughs] You know, itís just there
when we are together in front of the camera, and even ... [pause]
... well, generally in front of the camera [laughs]. Itís just
something that kind of clicks in and for whatever reason. But
thank God. I mean, itís just some people have that together and
some people donít, and I think it was a huge, in retrospect, it
was a huge aspect of why we stuck together, of why the show continued.
You know, people would talking about it early on and I would think,
"yeah well thatís an aspect of it, but thatís not you know...",
but thatís a big aspect, it really is. I donít think I realized
that until it was wasn't there anymore." -- (The X-Files
Official Site, June 6, 2002)
- "If you ask me, we should have ended it two years ago,"
Anderson says. "They couldn't have found two better actors
[Patrick and Gish] to take over, but the show was about Mulder
and Scully. I think it was a difficult transition for the audience
to make." That's why she was so pleased that Duchovny was returning
for the finale. "I was very excited to see him and to have the
Mulder-Scully experience again," Anderson says. It's something
indescribable that can't be duplicated, and that's a wonderful
thing the two of us have together." -- (TV Guide 'The Exit
Files' May 18-24, 2002 by Mark Nollinger)
- David [Duchovny] actually called me. He was going to be writing
an episode -- somebody else wrote it, based on his idea -- and
directing it. He called me up a month or two before he was going
to direct it and said, 'Is there anything that you were never
able to do that you've always wanted to do?' Which, first of all,
was an incredibly sweet and generous gesture," she says. --
(Zap2It: Anderson Closes Out Her Final 'X-File' May 1, 2002 by
- "I think it's great," Anderson says. "I didn't realize how important
it would be for that to happen. When I heard, I was very excited
- he called me, and we had a conversation about the fact that
he was coming back and possibly going to be directing. "I guess
I didn't realize how much I was missing him and how integral he
was," the actress says. "I mean, I understood that, but I guess
I didn't realize that we needed his presence to make a necessary
closure." -- (The New York Times: Gillian Anderson Prepares
- DW: Can you talk about your last day on the set with David
Duchovny. After all these years as Scully and Mulder, how did
it feel knowing you may never work with him again?
It was strange, because last year so many episodes were about
Mulder so he was still around and it never really felt like he
was gone. Everybody kept asking "What is it like without David?",
but it didn't feel like he wasn't around. So that last day was
surreal. I think a part of my brain was trying to ignore the fact
that it was approaching, so I was kind of going about my day as
if it were any other day then we ended up in this scene with this
dialogue that was the end for that stage of our relationship.
All of a sudden I think he was more aware of it and was being
really mindful of that last scene. I blocked it out until the
last moment where all of a sudden it hit me, that this person
that I was standing in front of as I know him and have known him
for such a long time, that this aspect of our relationship was
coming to a close. We embraced and I just burst into tears. We
held our embrace for a really long time and I think it was just
flooding over us, the importance of this agreement that we've
had to be in each other's lives in a very powerful way.
DW: So what is the reality of this new season without David?
I love all the new characters. [The actors are] just wonderful
human beings. It's a real pleasure working with them, but on the
other hand David is not here and there was something that we shared
as actors and characters that cannot be reproduced. Not that anybody
is trying to reproduce it, but it's just not the same. There was
an energy between us that was very powerful and very profound.
I miss that and Scully misses that. When we were taping the first
and second episodes this year I think I referred to Doggett as
Mulder by accident, which I had done way at the beginning with
him. It was like there's some part of me that is still in that
rhythm, expecting that familiarity. -- (Dreamwatch, January
- But she does miss David Duchovny, her partner for eight seasons.
"We shared such an important chunk of our lives, and now this
person I once knew itimately is no longer around. I miss his humor
and his presence, and especially what our characters shared,"
she says. -- (USA Weekend Oct 14, 2001)
- What you think about x philes, about the level of devotion?
You know, sometimes I don't understand it because I'm not a tv
watcher and I've never been passionate about a particular show.
And then ... David and I will get together and do a scene together
or I'll watch a scene that we've done and it just ... it tugs
on something inside of me .... and all of a sudden, I get it.
There's something historical there. I think I know enough about
Files, in general ... to last a lifetime! -- (Yahoo Chat May
- "You know it's been strange because we are at the end of
the season now so I've done a slew of episodes with David, so
it feels like we've still been working together. It never felt
like he was completely gone, which is good, it was that sort of
mentality." -- (Kevin and Bean Show, 4/6/01)
- Gillian refuses to give details, and instead becomes philosphical.
"What is fascinating to me about life," she says, "is that the
most important people in our lives are those who bring us the
most pain." Ouch. "There were aspects of him that were very uncomfortable
for me. And by the same token, I think that under it all there
was a great deal of mutual understanding with the situation that
we found ourselves in. And by the grace of God, no matter what,
we showed up and there was chemistry." -- (October 21, 2000
Times Magazine, 'Playing With Fire' by Grace Bradberry)
- "In the past, I've gone towards dangerous men. I wouldn't consider
Tom Cruise dangerous. I do think David Duchovny is dangerous."
-- (Cosmo, May 1999)
- For the record, Anderson says she and Duchovny get along really
well. "It's remarkable what ends up on screen," she
says. "It's just a consistently strong relationship. It's
just constant tension and it's great." -- ("Scully Heats
Things Up" Toronto Star Movie Critic by Peter Howell, June 25,
- "But there's no doubt he is an incredibly attractive man, mostly
because of his sense of self and his charisma. He has a certain
arrogance that's very appealing to women. I could see us at some
point going on a date. But I don't know how long it would last.
I don't see myself as his type." -- (Movieline 1998)
- "There is something that happens between the two of us when
we're on camera. And no matter what moods either us are in- it's
there. And thank God." -- (X-Files on "Primetime Live", 1998)
- Even the stars got involved in the debate. In 1996 Anderson
confessed: "It would be great to get into the sack with David
and let everyone see Scully and Mulder enjoy the greatest sex
in the world with each other. I think it's time she let loose
some of that hidden passion."
"But I'm afraid it'll have to remain a dream. If David and
I did make love on screen it would spoil the chemistry that's
built up between us. The producers know this and have banned romance."
-- (By Simon Trent from Now Magazine (in UK) in December,
- "I would say the perception that there's animosity between
us is incorrect. It's much more complex than that. It's a complicated
relationship. We work very well together. Sometimes we have a
lot of fun in the process, make jokes and pull pranks. Sometimes
it's just showing up for work. But we don't socialize. That's
basically it." -- (by Bob Strauss E-Online The X-Files
- Scully and Mulder come very, very close to a kiss in the
movie - what was doing that scene like for you?
"It was really close, wasn't it? I mean, it was, like, a
millimeter away. It was pretty hot - it was pretty good. And it
was up to me to do the moment where I broke it and the bee stung
me. So it was fun to play with how long we could make it last
before we actually touched." -- (TV Guide, 1998)
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