It has taken many years but at last “The X-Files” is returning and to the place where it truly belongs – television.
Actors Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are reprising their roles of Dana Scully and Fox Mulder respectively in the six episodes of the revival, and Anderson recently spoke with TV Line about returning to the show and this character she very deliberately left behind at one point:
“(It’s) strange to be back here. This is a lot of flashbacks, a lot of deja vu, a lot of remembering dynamics – and it’s… a thicker substance to wade through than I’d thought… It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve played her. I can’t remember what year the movie was, but it felt like [Scully] was further away from me than I’d thought she would be. But I’ve also worked really hard at putting her entirely to sleep, so that was successful; she’s just taken longer to wake up.”
Anderson has confirmed that she has only read the first two scripts of the six episodes, with the third waiting in her email inbox. Asked about the season premiere, she says:
“Slow. Intense. And it’s setting groundwork, so it’s got a particular role to play. It does exactly what it needs to do. What’s a single word for fulfilling that requirement? Functional? Appropriate? Functional works. Slow, intense and functional.”
Asked how Dana has evolved in the seven years since we last saw her, Anderson admits that’s a hard question to answer:
“She’s older! She aged! Anything I say is going to sound like something you’re not going to want to watch. But that’s not the case. It’s just… I don’t even know. That’s a hard one. I appreciate the question, but I can’t answer it.”
The new batch of episodes is slated to commence on January 24th.