fuck yeah david and gillian : documenting the awkward since 2010
THE LAST TIME this magazine quizzed Duchovny, he announced himself a masked man, a coolly suave chocolate-wafer exterior over messily neurotic cream filling. The former quality is obvious on the set, as he jokes easily with male crew, and quips volubly with female visitors, as smooth and sweet as pureed banana. He chats easily with everyone, it seems, except Gillian Anderson.
“We don’t really need to talk all the time or gossip,” he says. “We’ve worked together so much we don’t want to. We have a relationship of reliance more than a friendship. The interaction we have, we save for work. We save it all up for the camera. It’s like a superstition almost.”
Details, 1998 (on the set of FtF)
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Though the two stars chat and joke around as they take their marks, they seem to hardly interact at all away from the cameras. But Duchovny says that after a period of distance, they again appreciate each other — they just need their own space.
“It’s a very complicated relationship,” Duchovny says, joking that there should be a therapist for all the pairs of actors who play TV couples. “We just get enough of each other right now. But the bottom line is she’s the only one who knows what it’s been like for me, and I’m the only one who knows what it’s been like for her. I imagine we’ll be friends when the show’s over.”
TV Guide, December 1996
“But you know,” continues Duchovny, “it is more satisfying to me to deal with the people who tried to help me a long time ago, who believed in me, who told me to just hang in there.”
Which is what Duchovny and Anderson are telling each other now. They have developed a sort of shorthand communication: few words, very focused, very relaxed.
“They both have a quiet side,” says Bartley. “David can be very funny, very sharp. But mostly, he holds back and just watches and listens to the people around him. Gillian shows a little more emotion. She laughs just like a little girl. They are terrific together.”
TV Guide, March 1995
Anderson and Duchovny are in a stationary car. Until the director says, ‘Action!’, which is the exact moment they become Mulder and Scully, the two actors do not speak to, or even look at, each other.
Observer, Feb 1999
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We stand around, chatting. Duchovny is somewhere else; he has walked off in a different direction. These two, whose famously deep but platonic screen relationship is important to viewers, seem, in reality, to exist on different planets.
Observer, February 1999
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“The two stars conjure on-screen an implicit, ethereal passion that has no analogue away from the cameras.”
Allure, Dec 1997
In fact the truth behind Anderson and Duchovny’s off screen relationship is perhaps as cool as the Vancouver woods in which they shoot the edgy spook opera. They are friends, but not really close friends. They rarely see each other outside of work, which probably helps fuel their inexplicable but undeniable screen chemistry.
“I think we’ve found that it (spending time apart) is necessary, because we spend so much time working together that if we’re to be civil with each other whatsoever we need space once in a while,” Anderson says.
“It’s the same with any kind of relationship. We have very different private lives. I have a family and a daughter with whom I want to spend time, and he has his circle of friends.”
Sunday Telegraph, June 1996
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