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David: Like, in life you have chemistry with people… you also have that as an actor. And you don’t have any control over it, as in life. You know, we were lucky, as Gillian said.

Gillian: It’s almost despite us, somehow.

David: Whereas we tried, we tried not to have it.

Gillian: [laughing] Boy, did we try!

 - Early Show, July 2008

They just have the strangest relationship. They can barely talk about it without making it sound crazy and fraught. I mean, most people can talk about a tense (?) relationship in their life and manage to smooth it over. But these two are always like, “It’s possible we hated each other, but, you know, we are pansexual icon soulmates, and we have no idea how we feel.” Then they act like we are the weird ones for not understanding.

(In the video, when she says, “boy, did we try!” he gives her this side-elbow-nudge and laughs at how silly they are and it’s the cutest thing ever.)

DD: When we were waiting to go in and read for the network, uh, I forget, did I come up to you? We just started running lines with one another before we went in there, so—
GA: You were trying to pick me up.
DD: [thrown] Was I?
GA: [laughing] I don’t know —
DD: Was I? Do you think I was?
GA: No, no, I didn’t say that!

DD: There was something even then that kind of brought us together, and then, when we were doing the show, it just, you know, no matter what kind of troubles we had as people off the show, or with one another off the show, it just never affected that. So time doesn’t affect it, either. It’s like nothing affects it. It’s weird.
GA: There have been times, you know, when we were in the midst of shooting the series where we were exhausted and fed up with ourselves, with each other—
DD: Didn’t talk to one another. The only time we talked to one another was as Mulder and Scully, you know, for weeks at a time.

"I think you know it [if there’s chemistry]— it’s like when you feel it, or when you’re working with the person, you know if you have it…

"It’s like a playfulness more than anything else. It’s not about sex, or anything like that — it’s really about two performers who kind of get into each other’s rhythms, and that’s sexy in a way, cause you’re saying, ‘okay, I’m going to play with you on this level,’ and I think that’s what chemistry is. Or it can be people that really don’t like each other, and they have chemistry, so it’s an odd thing."

David Duchovny, press conference, 2004

David Duchovny

Chris Carter and David Duchovny — X-files Audio Press Kit

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"Chemistry is something that if you’re lucky enough to have it, then you let it be — and if you don’t have it, you gotta create it, that’s your job. I think it probably grew over time, you know, and was a function of many different things."

DD, finale press kit, May 2002

"I think what is remarkable, and I find even more remarkable today after working with many other actors, is just what kind of energy there is between them [Mulder and Scully]. It just kind of happens. It’s weird. And I don’t know why this chemistry exists. And it’s cool now because I’ve seen things in the past and gone, Where the fuck did that come from? And that is still there… And I now see what the appeal is. In the old days, I was like, ‘Yeah, we get along.’ There was a chemistry and I used that word. But so what? And now I see there really was [chemistry] and there still is. It will always be there.”

GA, Geek Monthly, July 2008


"When we first got on set and I saw them together, I got chills. They’ve always had a chemistry that’s rare in television. It was like having a family back together."
Chris Carter, USA Today, Feb 2008

"When we first got on set and I saw them together, I got chills. They’ve always had a chemistry that’s rare in television. It was like having a family back together."
Chris Carter, USA Today, Feb 2008

"When we first got on set and I saw them together, I got chills. They’ve always had a chemistry that’s rare in television. It was like having a family back together."

Chris Carter, USA Today, Feb 2008


What was your chemistry like after so long apart?DUCHOVNY: It was bad. [Duchovny and Anderson both laugh.]ANDERSON: I think what people respond to in Mulder and Scully is something that just exists when David and I are working together, so that wasn’t a concern.DUCHOVNY: It was something that we’ve never really worked at.
Post-WonderCon interviews, Buzznet and RottenTomatoes, Feb 2008

What was your chemistry like after so long apart?DUCHOVNY: It was bad. [Duchovny and Anderson both laugh.]ANDERSON: I think what people respond to in Mulder and Scully is something that just exists when David and I are working together, so that wasn’t a concern.DUCHOVNY: It was something that we’ve never really worked at.
Post-WonderCon interviews, Buzznet and RottenTomatoes, Feb 2008

What was your chemistry like after so long apart?DUCHOVNY: It was bad. [Duchovny and Anderson both laugh.]ANDERSON: I think what people respond to in Mulder and Scully is something that just exists when David and I are working together, so that wasn’t a concern.DUCHOVNY: It was something that we’ve never really worked at.
Post-WonderCon interviews, Buzznet and RottenTomatoes, Feb 2008

What was your chemistry like after so long apart?DUCHOVNY: It was bad. [Duchovny and Anderson both laugh.]ANDERSON: I think what people respond to in Mulder and Scully is something that just exists when David and I are working together, so that wasn’t a concern.DUCHOVNY: It was something that we’ve never really worked at.
Post-WonderCon interviews, Buzznet and RottenTomatoes, Feb 2008

What was your chemistry like after so long apart?
DUCHOVNY: It was bad.
[Duchovny and Anderson both laugh.]
ANDERSON: I think what people respond to in Mulder and Scully is something that just exists when David and I are working together, so that wasn’t a concern.
DUCHOVNY: It was something that we’ve never really worked at.

Post-WonderCon interviews, Buzznet and RottenTomatoes, Feb 2008

"The rest was just chemistry. It was always there, through months of winter and rain, through times of enjoying each other and not necessarily enjoying each other so much. We could pull it out, no matter what."

Gillian Anderson, EW Reunion Issue, Oct 2013


The chemistry that always existed between her and Duchovny on screen is not something Gillian can easily explain."It’s a huge mystery," she confesses, "and a huge blessing. It’s not something either of us works on. Who knew it would still be there after all these years? But thank goodness it is!"
Gillian Anderson, Daily Mirror, July 2008

The chemistry that always existed between her and Duchovny on screen is not something Gillian can easily explain."It’s a huge mystery," she confesses, "and a huge blessing. It’s not something either of us works on. Who knew it would still be there after all these years? But thank goodness it is!"
Gillian Anderson, Daily Mirror, July 2008

The chemistry that always existed between her and Duchovny on screen is not something Gillian can easily explain.

"It’s a huge mystery," she confesses, "and a huge blessing. It’s not something either of us works on. Who knew it would still be there after all these years? But thank goodness it is!"

Gillian Anderson, Daily Mirror, July 2008

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