fuck yeah david and gillian : documenting the awkward since 2010
“Gillian has a lot of will,” Duchovny says two days after the Emmys. He and Anderson have a big scene in a hospital room, and as Duchovny utters his lines, Anderson tears up.
“Print it! Excellent! Fucking great, great!” the director cheers. A few minutes later, Anderson approaches her costar and says, “Great David.”
“Hey, thanks for that last one,” he says. The tears helped him nail his lines. “I thought maybe you had conjunctivitis. But you were really crying. At least one of us was good.”
Allure, December 1997
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Speaking of that, what makes the X-Files as popular as it is?
At the time, there wasn’t another show like it; there was still a vacuum that hadn’t been filled since Twilight Zone. We kept getting better and better. As a team, we just jelled—we kicked ass for about 7-8 years in there.
So if X-Files is a baseball organization, who’s Chris Carter?
We were spending so much money on that show; I mean, TV doesn’t spend the kind of money we got to spend. So I’m going to liken Carter to George Steinbrenner.
What about Gillian Anderson?
Good one. I’d say Mariano Rivera. She’s just “The Closer.”
DD, ESPN, Aug 2008
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Kevin or Bean: Lemme ask you this… you have remained in the public eye since you left TXF… we’ve kind of kept track of you. But Gillian, it seems like, got all weird and European on us. What is her deal?
DD: Uh, she moved to London. And has been doing stage there, and some BBC stuff, and some smaller English films. Gillian is a, she’s a serious actress. She’s not a dilettante like me.
K/B: Would you use the words Bean just used for her, which are “weird and European”?
DD: Oh, weird and European? I just ignored that.
K/B: Okay, alright. I’m just saying, as much as I love her, I took it personally that she moved away from this country and got off my TV screen. That’s all I’m saying.
DD: Really. Uh, I think you should work on that [laughter] — Have you guys ever talked to her?
K/B: Oh, well of course we’ve talked to her many times, but not lately.
DD: Oh, well we should have her call in. And you can see for yourself whether she’s weird and European.
K/B: I will tell you that I saw her on Jimmy Kimmel the other night, and she couldn’t look more lovely. There are some women who, for some reason when they’re pregnant, they become radiant, and she is one of them. She looks fantastic right now.
DD: I don’t wanna embarrass you, but she’s not pregnant.
K/B: Oh! I know you’re kidding! Although, excellent try, you had me for one second! it was a good delivery… Now, she’s weird and European, does she say, ‘ello guvnah! Does she talk like that now?
DD: Yes, and she doesn’t shave under her arms.
Kevin & Bean, July 2008
“I desperately needed someone to show me the ropes and David did,” Anderson says. “He was wonderful.”
Starburst Magazine, 1996
DUCHOVNY: It’s like any relationship, only intensified, because we can’t take a break. I can’t say, “I’m going for a walk.” [Anderson laughs.]
There’s a feeling that fans want you to be great friends off the set.
DUCHOVNY: Or to be fighting.
What’s the reality?
DUCHOVNY: We’ve never socialized. Since the pilot, we’ve not gone out even once.
Do you ever communicate with each other through the press?
ANDERSON: Well, most of the time when we have discussions about the press, it has to do with mending things and saying, “It’s not how I feel.”
DUCHOVNY: Like, “When I said you were an a**h***, I meant to say motherf***er.”
US Magazine, 1997
What’s your favourite thing about each other?
DUCHOVNY: Gillian just doesn’t give up. If a scene’s not working for whatever reason, whereas I might go, ‘Fuck it, let’s just move on,’ she won’t give up, no matter how tired or frustrated everyone is…she’ll hang in there ‘til we get it right.
ANDERSON: My favourite thing about David? The tea-cup. (Both laugh) The easiest answer, I guess, is his sense of humour. He’s always looking at the funny side of things, especially when he’s around other actors who are comedians or funny themselves – it can turn into a bit of a contest to see who does the best impressions and such. But aside from there, there’s a gentleness inside him that comes out every once in a while that is quite disarming and lovely. It’s rare, but very nice.
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DD: I have these very selective, kind of weird, very vivid memories that make no sense of that time… flashes of certain things that aren’t significant, like that. Do you have any memories that stand out? Like if I were to say give me five memories from the Vancouver years— being on set— just the first thing that comes to mind. […]
GA: Um… Well, the —
DD: The rain.
GA: —scene in the Pilot, with the rain.
DD: The rain.
GA: Yeah, is that a big one for you, too? Oh my god, the rain. My lips wouldn’t move! I was so cold!
DD: You were adorable.
IBG Meetup, July 2011
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JL: Tell me about your costar.
DD: Yeah, well she was… whereas I wanted to jump in immediately on everything, she was coming from more of a theater background, where she wanted to know more before she jumped in. So she had a real steep learning curve in the beginning. And then she just flew, after that.
JL: You and she walked a tightrope for years before you finally fell off it.
DD: The intelligence of Chris Carter in making it a chaste love affair was that you constantly wanted to come back - since it was never consummated, the pressure was never let out of our balloon. You know, we were constantly, you know, the smallest touch was rife. And that was fun.
“Inside the Actor’s Studio,” 2005
“She’s very tough, a survivor,” he says. In the pilot, he recalls, they had to stand outside in freezing rain. Duchovny was ready to leave, but Anderson, he says, “stood there wanting it to be colder and wetter. She was actually her face to the rain machine, saying ‘Hit me with more water.’”
People, March 1995
Tell me one thing about Gillian.
“That’s such a hard question. She’s a really hardworking actress. When you’re tired and you want to move on, she stays in there. She always tries to do it as well as she can, despite fatigue or lack of attention. And that can be pretty inspiring— and pretty infuriating.”
David Duchovny, E! Online, 1998
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Aw, I actually didn't feel like the comment about her eyes (and the top of her nose going up and down when she talks...hee) was facetious. Granted, it's about the ONLY thing he's ever said that I HAVEN'T thought was facetious, so. I could be wrong. But I always thought it was sweet. Doesn't mean it doesn't fall under "hilariously awkward" though. Remember when she said he told her watching HoM was like watching someone die of a papercut and she was like "No, that's a compliment!" Oh, David.Anonymous
I don’t know, maybe it started out sincere, but he definitely undercuts it by the end. “Her nose is a good actor”? A total backdown. Plus, the whole thing reads like a third grade essay. This is a man terrified of his emotions.
Does he actually talk like that?
Gillian: Yeah, he does! But mostly when he’s doing interviews. I mean, I think it’s because he’s got such a vast knowledge of words. He’s studied the theory of words. He pulls it out when it’s needed most, like in interviews.
Do you ever feel dumb reading his interviews?
Gillian: I think, in general, reading my interviews next to David’s interviews I always feel kind of not-there upstairs.
TV Hits, March 1996
Reported by a fan somewhere about something, I don’t know:
He [David] was then asked if he found Gillian attractive. His reply: “Suuuuuure!”
I mean, it just rings true.