Gillian Anderson's Agent Scully On What It's Like To Reunite With Mulder After All These Years

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A: Well David is David, so as you know, he's funny and irreverent and we have a laugh. We laugh about the olden days and about how different it is to do the series as old people. He has a better memory than me so the conversation is usually him being reminded of something we did and me saying, "Really? That happened? In which of the 20,000 episodes?" We definitely stayed closer to set this time round than we used to. I mean, our trailers were where our life happened back in the day! I had a child in mine for one! These days though, after a scene finished, you'd actually find us chatting to our costars from time to time, like Joel Mchale who won't shut up about anything but mostly current events (just kidding...ish), or Kumail Nanjiani who also won't shut up but mostly about The X-Files. Anyway, it's good entertainment.

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A: I'm most excited that we are giving the fans a mix of what they grew to expect and rely on in the original series. There's your typical monster of the week thanks to Glen Morgan and James Wong, there's your mythology by way of Chris Carter and then there's comedy a la Darin Morgan. It's a hilarious premise and we had some funny co-stars and we get to be funny, which no one every asks me to be! So I enjoy it when I get the opportunity.

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A: Scully and Stella are entirely different people on the page. They carry themselves differently, respond to situations differently. It's pretty easy in a broad sense to keep them separate in my head. Where it gets challenging is in the listening. How does Scully's listening differ from Stella's listening? I guess we'll soon find out if there is a difference at all or if it's just in my head!

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