After years of waiting, Fox's Untitled X-Files Revival series started production last week, with the cast and crew sending out numerous photos through Tweeter and Instagram. There is still very little we know about the new episodes, except that we're getting 6 and The X-Files stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reprise their roles as Mulder and Scully. Gillian Anderson recently talked with TV Line about returning to the show, and calling it "strange" to come back to this beloved character.
"(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."
The actress added that the character is "further away" from her than she thought, since it's been seven years since the last time she played Scully in the 2008 movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
"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."
She confirmed that she has only read the first two scripts of the six-episode X-Files mini-series, with the third waiting in her email inbox. When asked to describe the season premiere in just three words, here's what she had to say.
"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!"
When asked how her beloved character Dana Scully has evolved in the seven years since we last saw her, the actress admitted 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."
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are joined by returning X-Files stars Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (The Cigarette Smoking Man), along with guest star Joel McHale, who plays a news anchor and new ally to Fox Mulder. The series is set to debut Sunday, January 24 on Fox, after the NFC Championship Game. What do you think about these new details?