“The fact that we’ve been able to come back to it after so long, or there’s demand for it after so long, or that we’re going to be able to do another ten episodes this year, I’m overjoyed at that aspect of it. I like the fact that we’ve all been able to take a long break and had other venues, other successes, other jobs, so it’s kind of a perfect situation.”
- David Duchovny, on being on The X-Files 25 years later
“We have a long-standing, deep appreciation and friendship for each other because there is nobody else on the planet that really understands exactly what we went through. If you have that, you don’t really have to act. You just stand on your mark and look at the other person and allow it to be.”
Jane: There is a perception of you as a very private person. What is that you love enough, what is it that you get out of it enough that makes continuing being a public person even though you don’t love that part, worth it to you?
David: I don’t mind going to parties. I like parties. I think that’s a correct assumption about me, but what’s always attracted me about acting, or writing, directing or even music is just kind of just an idea of self-expression or being involved in a creative endeavor that is always kinda of reaching for some kind of perfection and always falling short necessarily because there’s no perfection in any of this. I really like the collaborative. All of us reaching towards some kind of a goal to make this the best show or the best movie or the funniest thing, best scene, funniest scene, best song, whatever, great song, and move on. I’m like a perfectionist in the moment and I can easily move on from something. So I feel like I’m always playing different games and that’s what I like and what I’ve always done and wanna keep doing. In terms of being a public person, I feel like recently politics is dominating everybody’s consciousness. It’s a really tough time, in a way, to be an artist. I feel more pressure now to be more public because I feel like there’s so much more at stake socially so I’m kinda wrestling with that idea.
David: The thing is that art and politics are opposed to one another. When politics goes into art it becomes propaganda. That’s exactly what it is. That’s why it’s strange for me when I see artists talking politics because as much as I understand the desire to have an effect and to help, to me politics is kinda what kills my art. If I wake up in the morning and I have to think about Trump one more time, it’s hard to write a song. It’s hard to think of beauty. So I’m kinda westling with that right now because, I, like everybody that I know, is kind of obsessed with what the hell is going on in the country right now so how do you make art right now? Is it stupid, is it silly of me to go and sing some *bleep* songs in San Francisco when the country is going to hell in a hand basket. I don’t know. Is it? Maybe. I don’t know. These are questions that are hard to answer right now.
Jane asks him if music was always something he was doing.
David: No, no it really kind of came out of… well, I’ve had a life long love of music and I’ve always played music and I’ve always had music playing wherever I lived, but never played guitar or any instrument really. Never sang, never wrote music, but about 6-7 years ago I decided to make better use of all the down time an actor has in a trailer and I was also going through a divorce at the time so I had a lot of time that I would’ve been with my kids, I had alone, and I had a lot of emotion, I had a lot of unresolved kind of stuff going on and I just found that strumming a guitar, as cliche, it’s like the guy in animal house, I gave my love a cherry. Well luckily I was alone because I certainly deserved to have the guitar smashed.
Jane asks if he hired a teacher or watched YouTube videos.
David: What I did was I would look up songs that I liked and then I’d look up the chord progressions and then I would learn those chords and I did a very, very actory-tricky thing where, this is probably the 5th or 6th year of Californication, I came back to the producers and I said, “Hey I think Hank Moody takes guitar lessons.” So they had to pay for me and this wonderful guy named Carlos Calbo started teaching me cause he had taught my daughter, my TV daughter on the show Madeleine Martin, he taught her to play guitar so I starting with him and the cheap actor that I am, I did the same thing on Aquarius. I said, “Sam Hodiak plays guitar.” So I continued to get free lessons. I should’ve said something like Sam Hodiak drives a Lambourghini, but I didn’t. Would’ve been smarter. But I didn’t.
David: I love the Bay Area. I love it. I wished I live there. My daughter, who’s going to Dartmouth next year, we visited Berkley cause that was a choice, but she got an early decision Dartmouth so she’s going there. But I was smitten with Berkeley and all of San Francisco really. I hope you make it to the show.
For @vavieddfan Enjoy! My fingers are dead now cause the babe does talk a lot. But we love him for it. :D <3
Why don’t you come to London and do a play by your beloved Beckett?
[Laughs] Well, Gillian [Anderson, his X-Files co-star] has done so well in London. But she’s a proper actress. She studied; I taught myself on the job. Doing theatre wouldn’t be a return to my roots — that would be going back to grad school. I do love London, though. If you came to me with a brilliant play, I imagine I’d try to do it. (X)