HE’S the perfect dad in his new movie – but X Files star David Duchovny had to beat his personal demons to win back his own happy marriage.
The X Files star shocked fans when he announced he was going into rehab to fight his sex addiction. And many predicted his marriage was at an end.
Before he wed actress Tea Leoni in 1997, the TV star was linked to a string of women, including his X Files co-star Gillian Anderson.
But his marriage to Tea seemed a meeting of minds, as well as good looks. David went to prestigious Yale University until he abandoned his PhD for acting.
He was introduced to brainbox Tea over the phone by their agent, and the two started dating.
“She sent me a song by Ween called P*** Up A Rope,” he said. “She sang it to me over the phone. It’s really a funny song and the lyrics are really beautiful.”
It probably doesn’t get played on the radio much, but the song seemed to work its magic. The couple wed just nine weeks later and have two children: Madelaine West, 10, and Kyd Miller, seven, who are called by their middle names.
But less than two years ago, David stunned friends and fans when he announced he was going into rehab and it was discovered than the couple had been separated for months. The 12-year marriage between David, 49, and Tea 43, appeared to be over and out.
But love and kids brought them back together. Tea visited David during his rehab and gradually the couple started to be seen in public again.
Last year, they celebrated their healed marriage with a quality time holiday, packing their children into a minivan and touring the USA.
“It was a lot of fun. We were cooped-up with the kids in a big bus and we got to know one another very, very well,” said the star. “Eleven days was the exact right amount of time and I’d never seen the Grand Canyon. I’d never seen Niagara Falls. Maybe one day my children will look back on it and love it.”
David regards his marital problems as a private matter.
But it’s ironic that in his TV show Californication he also plays a dad who struggled with women and commitment.
No wonder fans have wondered if David feels that sexy dad Hank Moody crossed the line between fiction and reality.
David says that’s not the case. “The things that I do on the show have never had anything to do with my personal life,” he said. “There has never been any kind of parallel.”
Unlike other, more prickly, stars, David understands the interest from fans in his private life.
“I try to be grateful for the interest – and sometimes I try to think of it as people actually caring,” said the down-to-earth star. “The problem comes for people around me that didn’t ask for that scrutiny. My wife is an actress, so she’s aware, but for the kids, it becomes sticky.
“Sometimes these are issues or things that are said that they possibly couldn’t understand. That’s the difficult part.”
Now that he’s got his life back on track, David is set to star in his first film since X Files: I Want To Believe. And this time he’s cast as the perfect husband and father in The Joneses.
The film is about a family who look as if they have it all – love, good-looks and a lavish lifestyle.
They’re the envy of all the neighbours, who don’t realise that David, screen wife Demi Moore and their two kids are actually employees of a marketing firm, who are supposed to inspire the locals to buy whatever they are wearing or using.
As David explained: “We’re a family that is put in a neighbourhood to advertise certain items, such as cars, clothes. So, we’re not really a family. We don’t sleep in the same bed.”
In the movie, the Jones are revealed to be a business, and Demi is actually David’s boss.
It’s a fascinating, funny look at the way companies try to market everything from clothes to gadgets.
But David says that he’s no gadget freak in real life – and has to get his daughter to help.
“I’m kind of stupid when it comes to gadgets,” he confesses.
“But my daughter is a magician on my computer. My jaw drops open when she’s on it. If anything ever goes wrong on our computer, both Tea and I call West – she’s 10 – to fix it and she does it.”
One thing West and little brother Kyd can’t do, however, is watch their dad’s raunchy scenes as a womaniser in Californication.
“I would be surprised and shocked and mortified if there were people showing this show to a 10 and seven-year-old.” he said.
“But when they are old enough to watch it, I would want my kids to respect whatever work I’ve done’.
David’s own father left the family when he was 11. Dad Amram moved to Paris to write, while Scots mother Meg stayed in Manhattan to raise David and siblings Daniel and Laurie.
Meg, originally from Whitehills, Aberdeen, made sure they knew about their Scottish roots. David brought one of his movies, Return To Me, for a premiere in Edinburgh – and wore a Hunting MacFarlane kilt for the occasion.
“I’m very proud of my Scottish blood,” he said.
And he credits his mother with instilling in him some Scottish caution, despite the millions he has earned.
“Immediately I made some money, the first thing I would do was to put it away for a rainy day. I am always afraid of it disappearing and ending up in the gutter.'”
“I don’t make decisions based on money. I don’t think I ever have, but on the other hand, I don’t dislike it.
“I am not a miser but it is nice to have for my family and it is nice to be able to have the luxury of having things for my family.
“I have never chosen to do a job just because of the money.”
Maybe that’s why he says he’s game to embark on a third X Files adventure with Gillian Anderson.
David found fame in the spooky sci-fi series but he eventually quit. Now however, he’s happy to find if the truth is out there again.
David said: “I love that show and I love the characters on it. Yes I’d do another X Files movie. ” Meanwhile his Scots upbringing may also have influenced the way David treats his own kids.
“I’m turning into a stricter dad,” he said. “I always thought I’d be the fun dad, the friend dad but I appear to be the dad dad and Tea is less strict. So, it’s a surprise to me.
“I never let them out of the house,” he joked. “That’s how strict I am”.
Source: The Scottish Daily Record