Whether you remember him as FBI agent Mulder from “The X-Files” or the womanizing novelist Hank Moody on “Californication,” David Duchovny wants you to know him as something else: The 54-year-old actor recently released his first album, “Hell or Highwater.”
The actor-director claims he never set out to pursue a career in music. He credits his children for sending him in a new direction.
“I’m always telling them to try new things, but … I don’t try new things,” he said.
So he took his own advice: He learned to play guitar and began writing and playing his own songs.
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Recently, Duchovny sat down with the Associated Press to talk about the album, which was released last week, and “The X-Files” sequel that Fox will roll out in January.
Q: Revisiting “X-Files,” what’s it like getting back into that?
A: I actually just got the first script and found it was a very oddly emotional moment. I scrolled down on the script, I saw the name Mulder and dialogue underneath it; I actually started to tear up. I didn’t expect that at all.
Q: Tell me about the fandom of playing Mulder?
A: In this decade I’ve done a lot of other work and I feel like that will always be the most popular thing I’ll ever do … so that’s OK with me. I realize that there’s something that comes with that: you’ll always be that guy in some way. But personally, I no longer have any anxiety about being typecast or being remembered that way because I feel fulfilled in stuff that I’ve done.
Q: What gave you the courage to do an album?
A: I feel like I reached an age in my life where I don’t necessarily want to listen to the naysayers. I learned how to play guitar four or five years ago by myself. The project then was to just play guitar enough so that I could amuse myself alone. … Then I just thought, why can’t I come up with a melody, or two, or 12.
Q: Who inspired you to record?
A: The actual inspiration of the whole thing was really my kids. … I tell them about skills, about life skills about anything you’re going to do. So I thought, well, what about the guitar. I’ll learn how to play the guitar in front of them. They can watch me struggle and be very poor at something and keep going.