"We have our moments. Sometimes we all just show up and go, ‘I’d rather be anywhere else but here, and I’m going to make you suffer for it.’ But then at other times I’ll look at Gillian and think, ‘She’s the only one that really knows what I am going through, and I’m the only one that knows what she’s going through.’
"So there’s a real bond there at this point, four years into the show. We’re all just trying to make it the best show we can make it. If we keep that common goal in mind, we can forgive a lot."
David Duchovny, August 1997
DD: To be honest, it’s hard to work with the same people every day - you know, you have your normal ups and downs. So, I’m not denying that there’s ever tension. There’s tension between Rob [Bowman] and I sometimes so, you know, shit happens. I really think that it’s… you know, I don’t know what’s next. I mean, I remember reading stuff where I wanted to steal Gillian away from her husband and I’ve read stuff where she kicked my wife off the set. Now, that’s utter bullshit, you know, nobody can dare kick my wife off the set. I can’t get her ON the set.
Q: So, the rumors of hair-pulling were greatly exaggerated?
DD: Hair-pulling? (laughs) I think Gillian pulled the hair on my arm once. (laughs again)
“They’ve had a relationship. It’s been professional, it’s been respectful, it’s been at a distance, it’s been chaste, but it’s been full of sexual tension.”
AQUARIUS screening at MIPCOM 2014
“I said ‘I have a script that is the perfect evolution for David and his career,’” says Adelstein.
Some of Gillian Anderson’s favorite memories from the X-Files.
- Directing “all things”
- Singing Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog to Mulder in Detour.
- Shooting “Triangle”
- Shooting the kiss/bee scene in the movie
- Shooting the scene where Mulder shows Scully how to hit a baseball in “The Unnatural”
- Shooting “Bad Blood” but especially the autopsy scene.
- Shooting the graveside scene in the pilot in forced freezing rain at some ungodly hour in the morning and trying to remember my name let alone whole paragraphs of dialogue.
- Shooting Scully and Mulder’s final kiss scene at the end of “Existence”
- Shooting the dance sequence at the end of “The Post-Modern Prometheus”
- Shooting the scene where Scully’s stomach is pumped with air in an abduction sequence and trying not to reveal that it was actually a pregnant belly being shot. I’ll have to show that scene to Piper one of these years.
QUESTION: Was there a sense of almost a bunker mentality where you were at least going through this process with David? You mentioned he had more experience, he had done some bigger films but still the phenomenon that emerged within the first couple years was pretty remarkable. Did it help to have him there too and kind of like “Are you getting this too? Are you going through this too? Is this weird?”
GILLIAN: No. No, not really. We talk about the fact that it’s crazy that we didn’t. And that we didn’t take advantage of the fact that we had each other but it was complicated. These were long hours that we were working. We spent more time in each other’s presence than we did with our, you know, spouses and children, etc.
But also, you know, I think we pissed each other off, quite frankly. And I have no doubt that after they’re waiting — we’re gonna roll and somebody has to come in and redo my lips and the difference between the maintenance for guys and gals and we’re shooting in all weather — you know, we never shut down except for one day for weather in the entire show. We were shooting up in Vancouver through rain, sleet, everything. And my hair would frizz up to here in between takes and they’d have to get the blow dryer out under the tent and we’d be waiting for Gillian’s hair to do another take. You know, that pisses you right off. It adds up. So I, you know, I’m sure there were plenty of things he did that pissed me off too. It just wasn’t, you know, but on the other hand.. NOW, we get to talk about that and we’re probably closer than we’ve ever been.
(Josh Horowitz’s interview)
this is gettin’ out of hand…
The X-Files | Season 6