fuck yeah david and gillian : documenting the awkward since 2010
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.
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“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
“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
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“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