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Anderson: Here’s one for you. How do you perceive our relationship?
Duchovny: It’s like the roots of a tree. It’s very twisted, but it’s growing. You know the tree is alive, and it works in its own treelike way, yet you couldn’t untangle it. You could, but you’d need the help of a gifted professional.

Anderson: [roaring with laughter] Like a therapist?
Duchovny: Yeah. I always think back to the third or fourth episode. I was sitting in the office with Chris Carter, and he actually wanted us to get help. He was concerned with how we were relating onscreen. He said, “You seem bored or angry with each other. Maybe you should go see somebody.” I thought, “What? We’ll go as the characters? ‘Hi, my name is Fox Mulder. This is my partner, Scully. We’re here for couples therapy.’”

Anderson: I have no memory of that.
Duchovny: You might not have been in the room. But maybe we should have therapy for long-running series actors. It’d be good for the cast of “Friends” to have group therapy. We’d have couples therapy, because we’re not an ensemble. Actually, when Chris said that, I thought he was insane. But we do spend so much time together, and it’s a hard relationship to navigate. As soon as I say, “No, we don’t see each other after work,” then it’s “You hate each other.” There seems to be no room in fans’ minds – as the fans are portrayed through journalists – for a complicated relationship between us. It can’t be summed up with “I love her. She’s the best!” or “I can’t stand her!”

USA Weekend, March 2000 

I recently have had a lot of time off. I’ve been watching a lot of reality TV. Barry [Mann] and Cynthia’s [Weil] daughter Jenn is the couples therapist on a show called ‘Couples Therapy’ that I watch a lot and I was really really excited to meet her.
—  Taylor on watching the reality TV show ‘Couples Therapy’ (x)