fuck yeah david and gillian : documenting the awkward since 2010
“…you know, when we were doing the show, it was nine years together and it’s no secret that we kind of couldn’t stand each other for periods of time - but now, that’s all gone and forgotten, and when we get together, it’s just, we really appreciate one another. You know, nine years we spent together, and I just love her in a certain way, you know…”
David Duchovny on “Opie & Anthony,” 7/25/2008
CC: The first day we felt like we were back was the day we sat at my house and read the script, and it was the first day we’d all been in a room together in five years. I don’t know if you can appreciate what that’s like, but when you go through basically a ten year experience with someone, and you’re put through the tests we were put through - stamina, and creative tests - it changes you. And we all changed together, so coming back together was a little bit of a sweet reunion.
Access reporter/fangirl: Have you noticed how their relationship has changed over the years with one another?
CC: I was just speaking to their representatives about that as I was walking down the hallway here, and they were saying how Gillian’s giggling, and David’s in a good mood, and they’re talking about, you know, the times, how hard the times were. I mean there were times when, to be honest, people weren’t speaking to one another. All of us went through those periods… it was just a test. It’s the way it goes when you do something for any length of time. Now we’re laughing about it, and it’s a good place to be. … I think everybody’s sort of bridged - if there were any divides, they’ve all been bridged.
I love the (implicit, and innocent) commentary of “Gillian’s giggling, David’s in a good mood.” Like, is that how low the bar is set? David’s in a good mood? David isn’t complaining today? David isn’t sullen? “People” are speaking to one another? HAHAHAHA, ohhh, I love it. But it’s still genuine and manages to be sweet.
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DUDE: But you just kind of sensed it and then you just dreaded doing scenes together?
DD: No, no, that’s the weird thing, is like — I remember there were a couple weeks where we weren’t really speaking to one another.
DUDE: [laughing] Wow!
DD: But then we’d do a scene, and it was great! We’d speak to one another, and love on one another like we do as Mulder and Scully… It is amazing to me, and I guess we were both professional and still made it happen, but, at this point I just love and appreciate her, and I’m glad that we’re not in that kind of intense situation where everybody just kinda loses their mind.
Opie & Anthony show, 2008.
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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 one of my favorite David&Gillian trademarks is when they use the word "people" (or another vaguely general prenoun) while obviously referring to the other person, or to the two of them together. They've even managed to pull Chris Carter into their little people-euphemism web. Do you have a tag for this?mushfromnewsies
I am impressed by your meticulous eye! I know exactly what you’re talking about. But no, I don’t have a tag for it (yet), because I can only think of two instances off the top of my head. I think you could find some of what you are looking for, though, by looking at my tags failed parallelism and people weren’t speaking.
You can’t help but question his enthusiasm for the X-Files film. “It was the television show that I was ready to leave. I wouldn’t go and do the TV show again. That would be serving the same apprenticeship.”
The pressure during that series was so immense that at one point he had to co-write an episode with the series’ creator, Chris Carter, with whom he was not even speaking at the time. There’s a tight pause. “It is possible that we didn’t talk during the writing of that script. I honestly don’t remember. None of that matters now.”
The Sunday Times, December 2007
“I co-wrote that [“Amor Fati”] with Chris, which was weird because we weren’t speaking at the time. I was involved in a lawsuit with Fox, so we were faxing pages back and forth through an intermediary.”
During the show’s dying weeks Duchovny became just another viewer, tuning in on Sunday nights to see how the writers would keep it going: “Not rubbing my hands hoping they would fail, just wondering how.”
London Times, 2003