We meet The X-Files stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson at the TV Critics tour and they wanted to tell us that The Truth is Still Out There!
Thirteen years after the iconic series, The X-Files, finished its run, creator/executive producer Chris Carter, is bringing a six-episode event back to TV. Duchovny and Anderson reprise their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, taking on a case of a possible alien abduction.
The series premiered on Fox on January 24th and runs until February 28th 2016.
At what point did this become a reality for you?
David: I think when I received the first script.
Obviously I knew I was going to do it. We were signed to do it at that point.
The work or the kind of imaginative reality of it, which is always, to me, the only reality of it was when I got that first script and started to think about, ‘How are we going to do this?’
Gillian: I did a Comic-Con right before I was about to start shooting, and it wasn’t until I sat on a panel in front of the audience and the degree of enthusiasm that there was for it, people were (excited).
Then the theme music played, and it was the first time I think in my life of The X-Files that I completely got what it might be like for an audience to sit on a couch, if they ever do that anymore, in front of their television and hear that tune again for the first time when a first episode is going to be aired.
I got excited with them, and it occurred to me that I was starting shooting on Monday.
Were you worried about doing it again?
David For me, the experience of doing The X-Files, obviously from the beginning, I had no say in what was going on. It was one of my first jobs and I was just happy to be working and happy that the scripts were interesting and good.
The trust that I have in Chris as the runner of the show, as the creator of the show, as the conceiver of the show is complete. And to me if Chris says he’s got an idea and it’s going to work, I don’t question it, I trust that.
Gillian, since The X-Files, you went to England. You did a lot of period pieces. Was that important to you?
Gillian: When I wanted to be an actor, the kinds of things that I was interested in doing fell more in line with the stuff that I am doing now. I was a huge fan of Merchant Ivory films, and I always saw myself in something like a Prime Suspect.
When I was cast in The X-Files, the fact that it was science fiction was just a little off to the left of where I had seen my career choices to be, and I got swept up into that.
Afterwards, it’s been about refocusing my original idea of what I wanted my career to look like and the kinds of things that I wanted to do.
I’m sure that part of that is you play a character for nine years and it’s nice to be able to challenge oneself to do other things, to keep it interesting. Living over there, I get to mix between film, theater and TV, and that kind of suits me just fine.
Have you come to terms with the fact that you’ll always be remembered as Mulder and Scully?
Gillian: I think it took me a long time to embrace it after we were done with the series.
I think it took a good decade for me to suddenly start thinking of it as the gift that it was and to properly appreciate the opportunity that I had, and also how fortunate I was to play such a great iconic character in a show that was iconic in and of itself.
David: I would agree with a lot of what Gillian says about the typecasting stuff. It took a while to recognize it as the gift that it is, and that’s why we’re able to come back now.
And I think also it acted as a spur to me to go out and actually do more work, to keep expanding myself as an artist or as whatever I am.
It was both a gift and a spur to not settle after it was done. So on both levels, it’s been a gift in that way.
Can you talk about how your relationship has changed over the years.
Gillian: I don’t know. We’ve always had fun together. I mean, we always laughed, didn’t we?
Gillian: There was always laughter.