Zap2it: When did a revival of ‘The X-Files’ become real to you?
David Duchovny: I think when I received the first script. Obviously, I knew I was going to do it — we were signed to do it at that point — but the work or the kind of imaginative reality of it is always, to me, the only reality of it. [It was] probably when I got that first script and started to think about, “How are we going to do this? What do we do? What do we do now?”
Zap2it: Did you think anything in particular was required of the new ‘X-Files’?
David Duchovny: I think you had to pay homage to the mythology that we’ve done, as well as introduce the new twist that Chris [Carter, the series’ creator and executive producer] has created for this series. I think you had to honor the fans as well as introduce people into it who don’t know anything about it. There had to be a mythology episode to begin with.
Zap2it: Was it easy to re-create, with Gillian Anderson, Mulder and Scully’s unspoken connection?
David Duchovny: I think at this point, having known each other and worked together so much for over 20 years, we’ve gone beyond chemistry into history … which is a really cool thing to play as well. If you don’t have chemistry, you’ve got to figure out a way to make it happen.
We’ve all seen movies and television shows where you see a mother and daughter or father and son and you’re like, “There’s no way.” It doesn’t feel right. There’s no history. It doesn’t feel like history. Gillian and I actually have history, so we don’t have to play it.