Great X-Pectations; He's Got It All - a Top Career, a Glamorous Wife and He's about to Become a Dad. So Why Is X Files Star David Duchovny Pining for His Bachelor Days? He Tells All to Sandro Monetti

By Monetti, Sandro | The Mirror (London, England), March 13, 1999 | Go to article overview

Great X-Pectations; He's Got It All - a Top Career, a Glamorous Wife and He's about to Become a Dad. So Why Is X Files Star David Duchovny Pining for His Bachelor Days? He Tells All to Sandro Monetti


Monetti, Sandro, The Mirror (London, England)


THE X FILES

Wednesday BBC1 10pm

He broke millions of hearts when he got hitched after a whirlwind six-week romance. But just 18 months of married life later, X Files heartthrob David Duchovny confesses that he misses being a bachelor.

And with wife Tea Leoni expecting their first baby next month, impending fatherhood has only made David, who plays Fox Mulder in the hit sci-fi show, even more restless.

"I miss the lack of responsibility where you can just go home, have a bowl of cereal, space out and watch sports on TV without having to be part of a team," sighs David, 38.

"It's like, I can't go to the cave any more and just watch shadows on the wall and not be concerned with another human being.

"I'm kind of a loner so I miss all that. It's probably just an immature part of me, but it's still hard to let it go."

Having said that, he is not about to walk out on Tea, 32, star of US sitcom The Naked Truth and who had a lead role in last summer's hit disaster movie Deep Impact.

"The advantages and the intimacy that you get from marriage far outweigh any of those problems," insists David.

The couple met six years ago when they were both guests on America's Tonight Show, but it was hardly love at first sight. Looking back, Tea blames her constant chattering for putting off her future husband.

They met up again years later when they shared the same showbiz agent, and this time they hit it off. A short romance was followed by marriage in May 1997 and the couple set up home together in LA. So reluctant was David to spend time apart from his wife that he threatened to walk out on The X Files if the production wasn't moved from Vancouver in Canada to California. His bosses agreed.

"It will be a lot easier for Tea to have my child now that I'm living in the same post code," grins David, who admits that being a homeowner is another commitment which he's found hard to adjust to.

"I've never owned anything. Except for my bicycle, I rented everything - even my car. So it's strange, but also kind of nice to be part of the landed gentry," he laughs.

"My desire to be in LA had been brewing for some time. I'd never done a TV show before and when I first went into this job I didn't know that it was going to be so gruelling and isolated.

"I didn't know it would mean spending ten months a year living like a soldier in barracks, working 14 hours a day in another country. Eventually I thought, 'I can't do this any more, I've got to go home'. And when I got married it just became more urgent. It's kind of a romantic story, a man that loved his wife so much that he moved the production. Not everything is perfect about the switch, though. The traffic here is so bad that I end up sitting in my car for three hours a day!"

The move also renewed David's interest in The X Files. In the past he has indicated that he was tired of playing Mulder. …

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