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.