The pair are good buddies in real life and made the film a family affair
David Duchovny and Julianne Moore met during the filming of Ivan Reitman's Evolution in 2001. The pair hit it off and soon their families became close as well. Julianne had worked with her husband, director Bart Freundlich, on his two previous films. When Bart decided to do a relationship comedy, he thought of David as the perfect on-screen husband for his wife. Trust the Man was a tight-knit affair for everyone involved. It was obvious during the junket that they all had a blast. David comments on those pesky Hulk rumors and the possibility of another "X-Files" movie. Julianne was reticent about discussing Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men. She's definitely a team player and kept the focus on her hubby's flick.
You two and your families have become good friends since Evolution. What's it like playing a married couple, with intimate scenes, with Bart Freundlich watching? Were those difficult scenes to film?
David Duchovny: The only weird moments were being in the cab and having to do a little kissy scene with Julianne. Bart is three feet away behind the camera. Julie was funny because she would say, "he would get made at me". I was like, "you wrote it". It didn't matter. We're both pros, but you never know, its always hard to know what is going to look right on camera. It's not really a negotiation, but it's a discussion that you have before, like if you and I were going to do it, we say how much tongue we're going to use. It's really about the tongue, because you don't want it to seem like you're not kissing that way because it's a movie.
Julianne Moore: The hardest part was him working as a director and me working as an actor. We have two kids that have to get to school every day and be picked up and taken to basketball. We have a house. We were moving from that house two days after we wrapped the movie. I was just feeling the stress of getting everybody where they needed to be. That was the hardest part. I love David. I love him. The two of us have a nice energy together. We feel like a realistic couple. He's very funny, he's very smart, and we're really friends. So there's a degree of comfort that we have.
So Bart never said, "A little more tongue"?
David Duchovny: (laughs) No. No. Not when we're rolling.
What's it like working with your husband for a third film? What's he like as a director?
Julianne Moore: We've been together for ten years, and in any relationship that's going to be authentic. There is a degree of intimacy that happens. You are each other's family. It was really fun for me. I really enjoyed it tremendously. He's great, and everybody always says that, but it's true. He's a great director. He knows how to speak to everybody in the way that they liked to be spoken to. Every actor likes to be directed in a different way, and he was able to instinctively figure it out, which is a gift, because a lot of people can't do that. So he's very good at that, we've always had an easy time working together.
David, when did you decide to sign on to the film?
David Duchovny: This one I was in on early from when Bart was writing it. Because he had said I want to write a comedy with you in it. And I said sure. We friends of Bart had always wanted him to do a comedy, so he finally listened and he wrote this. I read the first draft and I was in immediately.
Why was Bart reluctant to write a comedy?
David Duchovny: If I were to venture a guess, I would say, like Woody Allen, I think Bart probably feels that he can only be deep. If he's serious because he is younger and as he gets a little older, Bart begins to realize that his depth is also in comedy.
Bart has you playing an actress in this movie. Did you think that maybe it was a little too close to the truth?
Julianne Moore: No, I liked it and I liked the fact that she's presented as an actress, but she's a person who has a job. It's not like she's walking around being like "I'm an actress". She's like, "I have to go to work" and "I need to do this" and "I'm going to do that or get the kids" and "let's get dinner ready". That's the reality of our lives. I love my job, but it is a job. It's not like this calling that I have where I go into a trance and whatever. I love the way that was presented, and then I think also, it does deal with things in his real life, that the reality of living with an actress is different than the fantasy. The fantasy is that you have this very glamorous woman at your beck and call, the truth is you have somebody with a retainer in your bed.
What is the secret to a good marriage?
David Duchovny: It's usually having the balls, which is another good thing to say in this movie, to say what you want. That's what I like about this character. He's in a relationship in trouble, yet he's actually saying I need more. It's rare in movies or even in life where somebody owns up to their needs. I guess in a relationship it's the only way it has a chance to survive it. If somebody says what they want or what they need it gives the person the chance to say yes or no, instead of suffering in silence or depravation or whatever it is.
Julianne Moore: I don't know. I think we're lucky. I think the thing about relationships is that you're always thinking "Oh, it's going to go bad". I don't think that either one of us takes it for granted. We certainly don't take our children for granted. I think that's something, the miracle of healthy and happy children. But then, it's the same thing that all the silly magazines say, "Take time for yourselves. Go away." All of that stuff. It's so valuable. If you ask anybody about their life, usually the first thing they talk about is how their wife is doing, how their kids are, they don't usually say "My job, my job, my job". It's really true. It's usually about your family.
Julianne and Bart have made a career of making films together. Do you see yourself working with your wife, Tea Leoni, as much?
David Duchovny: I like working together. But acting together, she has said, and I will say what she says, even though again I'm not sure if I believe it, but it makes sense to me. She says I never want to look at you and know that you're lying, which is what you do when you are acting, so she is putting the relationship in front of this weird situation where we would be acting together. But having said that, if we come across this thing that was amazing, which had two roles we loved for a man and a woman, I'm sure we would give it a try.
Do you think that this film is primarily from a man's point of view regarding marriage and relationships?
Julianne Moore: I feel that this movie is from a man's point of view. Because there are all these men sitting around going "Hey, how did this happen" And that's the funny thing about Bart. He's very male, he's very oriented that way. I go, okay, that's just the way he thinks.
David Duchovny: Bart takes the piss out himself so much. The four of us, even the two women, were aspects of Bart. I didn't feel my character was more Bart than say Maggie's [Gyllenhaal] character.
There's a rumor that you might play "The Hulk"?
David Duchovny: No. I don't know where that came from.
Is there any chance of another "X-Files" movie?
David Duchovny: It's always on the horizon. I'm still very much in touch with Chris Carter, Gillian [Anderson]. Both Gillian and I are positive about it, its not like we're running from it. It's just a matter of there are some legal things that need to be resolved over at Fox.
Is there a script?
David Duchovny: I have not seen a script, but there is an idea.
Julianne, what can you tell us about Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men?
Julianne Moore: It's not a secret, but I always feel like when you're talking about one movie at a junket, it's always a little rude to talk about another movie, so go to that junket. I know you will. (laughs)
Do you see yourself working as much as you've been working the last ten years?
Julianne Moore: My schedule, it always looks like it's really steady, but believe it or not, I tend to work a bunch and then take a year off. Before I started doing Children of Men, which was not a really long job for me, I had been off for the entire year. It's better for me to space it out, but it never works out that way. Things get bunched up, so I sort of like to bunch them up.
Trust the Man was released August 18th, 2006 and stars David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Sascha Gillen, Brianna Gillen, Liam Broggy, Scott Sowers, Billy Crudup, Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film is directed by Bart Freundlich.