What Happened Between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson?

The X-Files fandom has been growing since the 1990s, and Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (portrayed by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) are the heart and soul of this fandom!

However, despite the amazing chemistry the two have shared on set for over 20 years, it seems they are not that close off set.

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The Relationship between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson

It is not an uncommon thing in Hollywood that after seeing a hot, romantic couple in the series, the fans immediately impose the relationship on the actors off set, as well.

This is exactly what had happened to David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, the co-stars from X-Files.

The two portray agents Mulder and Scully, one of the most iconic couples in the entire Hollywood history.

Both Duchovny and Gillian spoke about this on-set relationship and how it has affected them over the years.

In the interview for the Guardian, Anderson admitted she doesn’t really have a good relationship with David, and it’s the opposite from what we’ve seen on The X-Files.

She said the two have a love-hate relationship, even mentioning there have been certain periods of time where they couldn’t even look at each other because of how annoyed they were. 

So what happened to David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, and why are they not friends?

There is no controversy behind this relationship, as Duchovny came forward saying this is what commonly happens between co-stars who spend a lot of time together.

They might not be best buddies, but they share mutual respect and they’ve never spoken badly about each other.

David Duchovny, agent Mulder from The X-Files

The popular actor who portrays Mulder, David Duchovny started his acting career in the 1980s.

His first appearances on TV were in movies “Working Girl” and “New Year’s Day”. 

In the following years, David’s good looks and charm brought him even bigger roles in the movies “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead”, “Baby Snatcher” and “Beethoven”. 

In 1992, David landed his first major role in a TV series called “Red Shoe Diaries”, in which he starred for 66 episodes.

Some of the more important roles he had until now include roles in TV series “Californication” and “Aquarius”.

Even though Duchovny has a very rich acting career, the role he is always recognized for is his portrayal of agent Fox Mulder in the X-Files franchise.

He first portrayed agent Mulder in the 1993 series “The X-Files”, in which he was the main character for 191 episodes throughout the 25 years of filming. 

He re-appeared as agent Mulder in the 1998 movie “The-X Files”, “The Lone Gunmen” and “The-X Files: I Want to Believe”. 

Who is Gillian Anderson from The X-Files? 

Just like her colleague David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson started her acting career in the ’80s, with her debut screen appearance in the short movie “Three at Once”. 

Over the next couple of years, Gillian’s acting career blossoms, as she lands roles in TV series “Class of ’96”, “ReBoot”, as well as in the movies “Chicago Cab” and “The Mighty”.

Anderson joined the main cast of The X-Files in 1993 as agent Dona Scully and stayed until the end of the show in 2018.

Other than this major role, Gillian has also starred in numerous TV series such as “Bleak House”, “Any Human Heart”, “Great Expectations”, “Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter”, “Hannibal” and “Sex Education”.