I ask, Where did you get your fighting spirit from? “A particular dynamic of my adolescence, which I won’t specify, but a particular equation of events put me in a state of survival.” 
Oh, I think, feeling tantalised. I almost admire her awkwardness. She could just say, “I don’t know,” or “It’s genetic,” or some such soundbite. But she tells you the truth and then stubbornly refuses to elaborate.
"Fox’s Glacier Minx", The Sunday Times Magazine, Aug 1998 

I ask, Where did you get your fighting spirit from? “A particular dynamic of my adolescence, which I won’t specify, but a particular equation of events put me in a state of survival.” 
Oh, I think, feeling tantalised. I almost admire her awkwardness. She could just say, “I don’t know,” or “It’s genetic,” or some such soundbite. But she tells you the truth and then stubbornly refuses to elaborate.
"Fox’s Glacier Minx", The Sunday Times Magazine, Aug 1998 

I ask, Where did you get your fighting spirit from? “A particular dynamic of my adolescence, which I won’t specify, but a particular equation of events put me in a state of survival.” 

Oh, I think, feeling tantalised. I almost admire her awkwardness. She could just say, “I don’t know,” or “It’s genetic,” or some such soundbite. But she tells you the truth and then stubbornly refuses to elaborate.

"Fox’s Glacier Minx", The Sunday Times Magazine, Aug 1998 


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.
Empire, 2008

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.

Empire, 2008

"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

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

Filming began in March 1993, and the first scene perhaps appropriately involved the sequence where Dana Scully first meets Fox Mulder… The actors had only been able to rehearse at a table reading, not on the set, and Carter knew those first dailies would be closely scrutinized — in part because of the haggling that preceded Anderson’s casting, in part because the nature of the actors’ relationship would be central to whether the show itself would work. 

The actors had an immediate rapport, despite difficult conditions. Duchovny was taken with Anderson’s grit and determination as they filmed one scene in the face of freezing rain; and Anderson joked that Duchovny had a pretty good rapport with most women….

When it was all over, director Mandel recalled saying that they’d all see each other again when the show became a series, a comment few took very seriously based on the survival rates of most pilots. 

The X-Files Episode Guide, seasons 1&2

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