Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny made their Comic-Con Ballroom 20 entrance on Thursday among darkness, with flashlights in hand, to celebrate The X-Files‘ 20th anniversary and survey the show’s future. (Yes, we said future.)
They were joined by a star-studded lineup of writers/EPs – creator Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Howard Gordon (Homeland) and John Shiban (Hell on Wheels), to name a few – to reminiscence about Mulder and Scully’s relationship and more.
‘SHIPPER ALERT | What are Anderson’s thoughts on the characters, now that 20 years have passed? “I didn’t realize that Mulder was so cool until a few years later,” shared the actress, “and I thought, ‘Damn. I should have gotten there sooner.’” So what would they do if they ever went out on a real-life date, as one fan asked? “Have sex,” Anderson replied bluntly. Added Duchovny after the laughter died down: “And then maybe have dinner.” The Californication star also reflected on the couple, IDing one of his favorite Mulder/Scully moments as “the one from ‘Post-Modern Prometheus’ where we get up to dance.”
FIGHT THE FUTURE, PART TWO? | Duchovny attributed the pull of the series, even many years later, to the fact that “the show had any possibility. The show is so flexible and could encompass any ideas. We could do it forever.” And then he hinted that when the team can get together again, he’d love to do another… something? Anderson, for her part, ruled out a limited series (à la the upcoming 24 revival), but said “a film would be great.” So will there be another feature flick? “You need a reason to get excited about doing it again… and this [crowd enthusiasm] is very exciting,” Carter hedged.
THE X COMICS | While on that titillating topic, don’t expect the new X-Files comics to bleed into any possible feature ventures. “The stories are more comic-booky,” said Carter. “They’re their own mythology.”
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT | Get ready to awwww. Asked when they realized Mulder and Scully were really in love, Carter replied, “I think it was when [she] first walked into his office in the basement.”
FAITH VS. SCIENCE | Why did Carter choose to include a religious thread to Scully’s character on a sci-fi show? “It was natural for me,” he explained. “She was a scientist, but that made her slightly one-dimensional. But if she had a religious upbringing… she had these two warring sides of her character.”
Gillian Anderson has truly embraced Agent Dana Scully as of late.
“The X-Files” veteran has been making the comic book convention rounds in celebration of the show’s 20th anniversary and is gearing up for Comic-Con International in San Diego.
In an interview with The Huffington Post in May, Anderson said the convention experience has been “extraordinary.”
“I’ve never done them before and I’m doing them for a year — it’s the 20th anniversary of when the series started — and I thought, ‘Just for a year, if it fits into my schedule, I’ll show up and meet the fans,'” she said. “It’s been great. I’m really glad that I chose to do that. What I’m finding is parents are coming with their teenagers having introduced them — they’re getting to watch it together. [It’s] their parents’ old favorite show [so] there’s a whole new generation that’s starting. Just the thought of that, the thought of a parent that used to watch the show on Friday nights live, religiously, date night in the ’90s, gets to say, ‘OK, son, you’re old enough. I’m going to watch it and revisit it with you’ — it just makes me so happy.”
During its nine-season run from 1993-2002, “The X-Files” produced more than 200 episodes. Despite that large number, Anderson was quick to name a favorite.
“It’s called ‘Bad Blood.’ I think — oh, I don’t even know what season it’s in. It’s kind of funny. It actually has Luke Wilson in it,” she said with a laugh.
In Season 5’s “Bad Blood,” Mulder and Scully were called to a small town to investigate possible vampire activity and Luke Wilson played the local sheriff. The episode was told from both the duo’s perspective.
“Oh my god, I just have to think about that episode and I start to laugh. [Laughs.] I think it’s so funny. Just the idea [that] Mulder is chasing this young kid he thinks is a vampire and just as he’s about to put the stake through his heart, I pull out his fake vampire teeth and he goes, ‘Oh, s***’ right before the titles run. That in and of itself brings joy to my world.”
“The X-Files” 20th Anniversary Panel will take place on Thursday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m. PT in Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con International in San Diego. There will also be an “X-Files” Comic Book Panel on Friday, July 19 at 1:45 p.m. PT.
I’ve added a posters some stills and HD captures of Gillian in the 2011 movie Johnny English Reborn in the gallery.
Me (Chanel) and Mandy are proud to announce that we finally opened our very own fansite dedicated to Gillian. We’ve both been fans for years and we were both looking forward to work on this site. We still have a lot of work to do but we”ll just work on that as we go but for now we hope you enjoy the photos Archive. I will be working on content on the next following days.