Q and A With… David Duchovny

… on the new X Files movie, co-star chemistry, and that one notorious scene of his.

How is it to revisit your old TV shows characters Mulder and Scully in The X Files: I Want to Believe? So many of the fans want to know, are they finally in love?!

You’ll have to see! It’s definitely interesting to see two people that have a long history together, working through a case while working through each other. I think that’s very relatable. It's always been a chaste kind of relationship—an old-fashioned romance where all the physical intimacy is achieved through looks, by holding hands, or by kisses on the forehead.

Mulder and Scully are meant for each other. But there's always an obstacle that threatens their relationship. This movie is very much about that obstacle!

You and co-star Gillian Anderson have always had great chemistry together!

It’s just luck, you know. Like meeting someone you like in life. Sometimes it works well with someone and sometimes it doesn’t. We were lucky, it was there from the very beginning.

You are also on the now Emmy-nominated Showtime series, Californication, where you play Hank, a guy who continues to have romantic issues with his ex—though he still has a lot of feelings for her. Do you think he will always struggle with commitment?
I don’t know. He wants a lot of things… he wants to be a good husband, but he has this competing image of being an artist, someone who needs time away from people to experience many different things. I think those things are at war within him.

Since you are happily married to actress Téa Leoni in real life, is it tough getting into Hank’s skin?

No, my wife says it’s like a mood—she recognizes that mood now in me. But she really loves the show a lot!

What do you think the secret to a great relationship?

Gosh, I don’t know, I’m not an expert. We love each other, that’s all! And taking time off; we’ll be spending time together on vacation in our summer place.

Do you have any fond recollections of that threesome scene you did with co-star Evan Handler (Sex and the City)?

Not fond recollections; only some nightmares!

Contributing entertainment editor Susan L. Hornik is based in Los Angeles.
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